Source: Cairo Post – By/Rany Mostafa
Friday, November 28, 2014
News, Red Sea: 380 Italian tour operators visit Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada
CAIRO: An Italian delegation of 380 tour operators visited the Red Sea resort of Sahl Hasheesh to inspect the tourist attractions and potentials in Egypt’s unchartered travel destination, Deputy Tourism Minister for Marketing Affairs Sameh Saad told The Cairo Post Thursday.
“The Red Sea coast and Sahl Hasheesh in particular, represents a key touristic destination for Italian travelers who have a great passion for diving and exploring the underwater and marine life,” said Saad.
Located 18 km south of Hurghada resort with 12 kilometers of sandy beach front, the Sahl Hasheesh resort community on the Red Sea Coast covers 43 sq acres and is bordered by the chain of the Red Sea hills on the west.
Gabriele Burgio, Chairman of the Italy-based Alpitour said in a short time, Sahl Hasheesh notably became a key tourist destination for Italian travelers, Al-Ahram reported Thursday. Burgio hailed the efforts of the Egyptian Tourism Ministry in supporting the Italian tour operators through flexible travel packages at reasonable prices.
Increased German tourism cooperation follows a German government decision in July that lifted its previous travel ban to the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. In July, Italy, along with 15 other European countries, eased its travel bans over the resorts on the coastline of the Red Sea; an action helped in increasing the number of European tourist visiting Egypt.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with a delegation of 15 top European tour operators Monday to discuss ways to work more closely with the Egyptian authorities and other stakeholders to successfully increase the number of holidaymakers to 2010 tourism levels.
In 2010, which witnessed highest numbers of tourists to Egypt on record, 14.7 million tourists visited the country while in 2013, which was the worst since the January 25 Revolution, only 9.5 million holidaymakers came, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.) Europe accounts for 72 percent of annual incoming tourism to Egypt, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.