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Ministry of Tourism Launched New Hospitality Classification Criteria In Cooperation With UNWTO

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Today, the Ministry of Tourism launched a new hospitality criteria for the Egyptian hotels in coordination with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Egyptian Hotel Association.

This criteria hasn’t been updated since 2006 and thus considered as a major step in boosting the tourism sector’s competitiveness and according to Dr Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of Tourism, the hospitality criteria goes align with the international standards.

 

“In light of achieving sustainable tourism, new types of hotels have been included in the New Hospitality Criteria, in light of the increasing international demand on them, namely eco-friendly lodges, Dahabeya, apartment hotels, and environmental safari camps,” Al-Mashat noted.

Moreover, the old criteria for the hotels, resorts, heritage hotels, and floating hotels had also been updated in regards to the environmental dimension and the use of clean energy.

“The new classification comes as a result of continuous efforts for months among the ministry, the UNWTO, and the private sector, represented in the Egyptian Hotel Association,” the minister pointed out.

During the conference held today, Al-Mashat thanked UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili for his cooperation and efforts with the ministry in order to develop the tourism sector in Egypt.

In this context, Al-Mashat pointed out to the role of UNWTO in providing an intensive training program for the hotel inspectors, as they will be the ones responsible of assessing, evaluating, and inspecting hotels according to the new criteria.

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𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮 𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 @𝗨𝗡𝗪𝗧𝗢. Today, the Ministry of Tourism launched the New Hospitality Criteria in collaboration with the @UNWTO and the Egyptian Hotel Association, the first time since 2006. This is a major step in strengthening the tourism sector’s competitiveness in line with international standards, and the completion of a major cornerstone of the Egypt — Tourism Reform Program (E—TRP). Travelers today are ever – evolving and it is the micro-moments within their journey that define the experience of their trips. With the new classification, we are able to meet the demands of our visitors through ensuring the quality of services provided including environmental, health and hygiene standards are being effectively implemented. Inspectors have been trained on specialized tablets by @UNWTO on the new classifications to ensure transparency. We believe that this long awaited accomplishment is a much needed and positive step forward in our vision for #Egypt’s tourism sector. اليوم أطلقت وزارة السياحة معايير تصنيف الفنادق الجديدة بالتعاون مع منظمة السياحة العالمية وغرفة المنشآت الفندقية، والتي لم تُحَدَّث منذ عام ٢٠٠٦، وهو ما يعد خطوة هامة لرفع تنافسية قطاع السياحة بما يتواكب مع المعايير الدولية، وبذلك نكون قد أنهينا ركنا أساسياً من برنامج الإصلاح الهيكلي لتطوير قطاع السياحة. ان المسافر اليوم اصبح يبحث عن التجارب التي تثري رحلته ، ويستطيع ان يستمتع بها. ويُعتبر تميز الفندق وجودة الخدمة المقدمة به عاملا أساسيا في استمتاع السائح بزيارته وتشجيعه على تكرارها، ولقد حرصنا على ان تتضمن المعايير الجديدة معاييرا بيئية وصحية. لقد نظمت منظمة السياحة العالمية دورات تدريبية لمفتشى قطاع الرقابة على المنشآت الفندقية على استخدام Tablet، تم تصنيعه خصيصا لاستخدامه في عملية التفتيش على الفنادق، بما يضمن ان تتم عملية التقييم بكل نزاهة وشفافية. نحن نؤمن أن هذا الإنجاز، الذي طال انتظاره، كان ضرورة ملحة وخطوة إيجابية في طريق تحقيق رؤيتنا لقطاع السياحة في مصر.

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Work Almost Done at the GEM and Here Are the Latest Updates You should Know!

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The largest museum in the world dedicated to ancient Egyptian culture, the Grand Egyptian Museum will soon be ready for the world to be wowed with its magnificence with 96.5% of the work in the museum finally done!

The general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, Major-General Engineer Atef Moftah revealed that 96.5% of work at the GEM has finally been completed, amounting to the transferal of 55 thousand artifacts to the museum.

He also added that the display vitrines for the King Tutankhamun galleries are fully completed and are being tested at the moment. Moreover, 90% of the artifacts has been installed at the Grand Staircase and the surveillance and control system are being finalized.

Moftah also discussed the possibility of installing cable cars! He said that there is an ongoing study that is looking at connecting the beginning of the Fayoum Road with the museum. How cool would that ride be!

These cable cars will be used to transport tourists from the GEM’s hotel area all the way to the bottom of the Giza Plateau, making the ride both easier and much more enjoyable!

Also, there is another study is discussing the possibility of directly linking Cairo Airport and hotels that will be developed within the museum area.

Commenting on the recent discovery in Saqqara, Moftah said: “I requested that the Saqqara Cache be added to the artefacts scheduled for display in the GEM, as well as the Asasif Cache, both will join the museum’s exhibition programme. We will prepare two exhibition halls of the GEM to be called the ‘Hidden Hall’ to hold the coffins. The GEM has two museum exhibition halls with a total area of 2500 square meters, in addition to three halls measuring 600 square meters for temporary displays and exhibitions of both ancient and modern art”.

We can’t wait for the opening of the museum that will completely transform tourism in Egypt, a place that will display the first ever hanging obelisk on show at the entrance of the museum!

Who’s as excited as we are for the grand opening?

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Another Significant Discovery In Minya Unearthed Ancient Amulets and Scarab Figurines

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It looks like the Ministry of Antiquities is on a streak with some continuous discoveries that keep on blowing us away! This time, the Egyptian archeological mission uncovered amulets and scarab figurines in Minya Governate.

The amulets and scarab figurines that come in different sizes and shapes were discovered in ​​Al-Ghuraifa, Tuna Al-Jabal in Minya, they were found inside the coffin of Jehuty Imhotep, the chief priest of the god Jehuty from the 26th dynasty.

This discovery follows the announcement of yet another remarkable discovery just last week of over 59 coffins (also in the Minya Governate).

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عثرت البعثة الأثرية المصرية بمنطقة آثار الغريفة بتونا الجبل بالمنيا على مجموعة من التمائم و الجعارين مختلفة الأشكال و الأحجام الأسبوع الماضي داخل بئر للدفن، وذلك داخل تابوت جحوتي إم حتب، كبير كهنة الإله جحوتي من الاسرة 26. أسفرت أعمال الحفائر بالمنطقة كذلك عن العثور على بئر آخر للدفن بعمق ١٠ آمتار، وسوف تقوم البعثة بإزالة هذه الألواح للكشف عما ورائها من أسرار. The Egyptian archaeological mission in ​​Al-Ghuraifa, Tuna Al-Jabal in Minya discovered amulets and scarabs of different shapes and sizes inside the coffin of Jehuty Imhotep, the chief priest of the god Jehuty from the 26th dynasty. The discoveries were found by the mission last week inside a burial shaft. Excavations in the area also revealed another burial shaft, 10 meters deep. Inside it is a large burial chamber containing niches carved into the stones and lined with stone slabs. The mission will remove these panels to reveal more secrets behind them very soon.

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According to the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the excavation mission, Mostafa Waziry, some of the newly discovered amulets are in the shape of hearts and others depict god Hathor’s head, the four sons of the god Horus, and a winged amulet.

Also worth mentioning is that a 10-metre-deep burial shaft was also discovered in the area, it houses a large chamber with three niches covered by stone beams.

Who knows what else lies hidden deep down in the underground of our magnificent country, waiting for us to discover it and dug it out!

 

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The GEM to Launch Its Official Website Soon and Here’s What You Need to Know

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The Grand Egyptian Museum is finishing up the official website for the museum and it’s going to make tourists’ lives way easier and ours too! The website that will launch soon will offer virtual tours of the museum and will guide tourists on how to make it to the museum, it will also allow them to book their tickets online.

According to the official Facebook page for the museum, the website will include programs and activities that are targeted for both adults and children. What’s more exciting is that it will also provide activities for those with special needs.

Egypt’s GEM will enlighten visitors with a unique experience that aims at educating them on the history of Ancient Egypt. After all, the museum’s main concern is to preserve the heritage of Egypt and spread cultural awareness.

Once visitors enter the museum, they’ll be greeted with spacious parking lots, rest areas and areas designed for people with special needs. All buildings will have ramps, escalators and elevators, which makes getting around the museum a whole lot easier and organized.

The museum is now getting ready for the big transfer of one of the three parts of the obelisk of King Ramses II from San el-Haggar area in Sharqiya. The obelisk will be installed for its permanent display in the outer yard of the museum.

We can’t wait for the opening of the museum by the end of this year. It sure will be the best way to greet and celebrate the new year!

 

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