Committees from the Tourism and Health ministries, in cooperation with the Egyptian Hotel Association, finished their inspection of around 110 hotels and resorts in the Red Sea.
Health safety certificates were granted to each of these establishments after passing the Cabinet’s regulations to continue operating under the coronavirus pandemic, the director of the Red Sea’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities bureau Manal Salah said on Monday.
Salah added that these establishments represent about 45 percent of the Red Sea’s hotels.
She emphasized that the committees performed their inspections very carefully to ensure that the regulations have been followed, in accordance with instructions from the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany and the Cabinet’s protocols.
Several tourism companies in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland and Belarus asked their counterparts operating in the Red Sea’s tourist markets about tourism prices following new coronavirus measures and measures taken by hotels and state agencies to re-operate tourism safely.
Tourist expert Maged al-Qady said that the Health Ministry announcing that the Red Sea governorate had the lowest rates of infection in Egypt has encouraged foreign companies to organize trips there, especially since domestic tourism has been operating for about a month at 50 percent capacity with only one coronavirus case reported.
The hotels are committed to following the preventive measures, Qady added, with inspection committees in place to ensure they are being implemented.
He also pointed out that German broadcaster Deutsche Welles is currently visiting Hurghada to interview numerous tourism experts regarding the measures in place to begin receiving foreign tourists starting from July.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm