Friday, June 13, 2014

News, Marsa Alam: 700 Italian tour operators attended " United for Egypt Conference " at the Red Sea

Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Marsa Alam hosted United for Egypt conference Wednesday, sponsored by Italy’s tourism business union (ASTOI), which gathered over700 Italian tour operators, according to Al-Ahram news.

The conference was in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism, the association of the Italian network, the Italian Embassy in Cairo, and the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority.

“The conference, which represents an unprecedented gathering of tour operators in Egypt, aims to promote tourism in Marsa Alam, an area which has not been affected by Egypt’s turmoil and has not been listed in the travel warning of the Italian Foreign Ministry,” Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou said.

The Italian Foreign Ministry intends to lift the travel ban on eight Egyptian resorts, including Hurghada, Sharm al-Sheikh, Alexandria, and Marsa Alam, head of Egypt’s tourism office in Italy Mohamed Abdel Gabbar told The Cairo Post.

“Due to the efforts of Egyptian security forces fighting militants in Sinai and the relative success in securing most Egyptian resorts in the past few months, Egypt is back on the list for Italian travelers and tour operators,” Abdel Gabbar said.

Recent statistics of hotel occupancy in Marsa Alam show the resort is Egypt’s most preferred touristic destination for Italian travelers, Deputy Head of Tourism Ministry’s Hotels Chamber Hany al-Shaaer said.

“The turnout of Italian tour operators to the conference reflects their confidence in the newly elected president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his capability to restore Egypt’s security after more than three years of political turmoil,” Shaaer said.

Marsa Alam is a town in south-eastern Egypt, located on the western shore of the Red Sea. It is currently seeing fast increasing popularity as a tourist destination and development since Marsa Alam International Airport opened in 2003.

Apart of its beaches and corals, which made it a typical hotspot for divers and snorkeling enthusiasts, Marsa Alam also has some inland attractions, such as the Emerald Mines and the Temple of Seti I at Khanais.

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