Egypt Independent

Chamber of tourism federation: Hotel occupancy reached only 12% by New Year

Hotel occupancy rates in the cities of Taba and Nuweiba ranged between 6-12 percent by the New Year, except for one hotel whose occupancy reached around 60 percent, according to the Egyptian Federation of Chamber of Tourism.

Atef Abdel Latif, a member of the federation, said that such rates indicate a catastrophe for hoteliers, as they do not cover their workforce and other costs.

The two cities, which span 65 kilometers along the Red Sea coast, have around 7,000 hotel rooms, in addition to the bedouin camps.

Abdel Latif called on the Tourism Ministry and the Tourism Promotion Authority to promote the destinations locally and internationally, through providing low costs for local tourists in coordination with hotels, schools, universities and clubs located there.