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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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Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to Host Two Temporary Exhibitions

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Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany has announced that two temporary exhibitions will be held in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir in light of the 150th anniversary of the museum’s establishment.

The exhibitions will launch on November 15 and will revolve around education and caches in ancient Egypt.

An inspection tour will also take place among the celebrations with the attendance of Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany, some of the ministry’s leaders and well-known public figures.

Earlier on November 12, the Chairman of the Chinese Consultative Council and a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Wang Yang visited the museum along with the rest of his party.

All of whom were very impressed by the magnificent  display of the ancient Egyptian civilization, and were intrigued to learn about Ancient Egypt and the history it holds.

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Recently Discovered Coffins Transferred to the GEM

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30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), an official source in the Upper Egypt Antiquities Sector in Luxor Governorate revealed.

Those coffins were among the latest discoveries of the Egyptian archaeological mission that excavated El-Assaif area in Mount Qurna, located in west of Luxor.

The coffins are expected to be displayed in a hall entitled “Cache of El-Assassif,” following all the needed restoration process. Sources also revealed that the transfer happened on Sunday in full secrecy.

This recent discovery was considered to be one of the largest and most important discoveries, that unveiled more than 20 colored wooden sarcophagi.

All of the tombs were found in a good state with visible colors and inscriptions, the tombs were found in two caches on one level above the other.

 

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Honeymoon Guide: 7 Heavenly Island Destinations In Greece

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Greece is such a fairy-tale place to spend your honeymoon in, I mean what could possibly ever beat a sunset on a Greek isle? Most of the places and islands there are breathtaking, but some are more romantic than others and so here is a guide to help you pick the ideal place for you to spend your honeymoon in.

Crete

Crete is the largest Greek island and it is such a dreamy place to spend a week or two in just relaxing with your partner, you can head to Chania or enjoy the most romantic views from the lighthouse or simply dine in one of the town’s restaurants that overlook the water.

Romantic activities include horseback riding, luxury spas, and the option to stay in adults-only resorts.

Santorini

By far, the most popular destination in Greece and well, it is practically another synonymous with romance. Your trip to Greece will never really be fulfilled without witnessing a Santorini sunset.

For adrenaline junkies, you will definitely enjoy cliff jumping, hiking, and riding ATVs, and for those looking to just lay back and relax, there are plenty of beaches including black sand beaches.

Tip: Make sure to reserve as early as you can if you have a certain place to stay in mind, because there’s just too much competition for those honeymoon suites.

Mykonos

The island is known as Greece’s premier party island but sill giving the opportunity for some romantic getaways, you can for instance enjoy a walk in Little Venice before getting a romantic dinner just the two of you. Also, who wouldn’t crave someone relaxing in literal paradise on Paradise Beach?

You can also go scuba diving or take a day trip to the nearby island of Delos, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mykonos shopping is some of the best in the world, so save some room in your luggage!

Athens

Athens combines between urban sophistication and world-class cultural experience, making it the perfect destination for couple looking to mix their experience. You can enjoy a rooftop dining while viewing the Parthenon alight above the city or stroll in the ancient Agora.

You can also escape to one of the three islands closest to Athens for a day trip or as another destination on your list.

Zakynthos (Zante)

Couples would usually go for this destination for its famous beach Navagio, also known as Shipwreck Cove, the beach is known not only for the shipwreck but also for its towering cliffs that make one of the most picturesque spots in the Balkans.

Besides that, you will get to enjoy snorkeling with the island’s famous loggerhead turtles.

Paros

Paros is such a dreamy island, well actually it is two islands connected together by a bridge, and it is just a ferry ride away from Athens. You and your partner will get to enjoy stunning waterfront restaurants and cafes, and Paros’s most famous landmark, the white clock tower.

You can also hire a boat to enjoy a private boat ride to nearby Hydra or Aegina.

Kefalonia

Compared to the other islands, Kefalonia is the least known island outside of Greece. However, it is packed with several getaways opportunities for couples, as it has gorgeous beaches galore, opportunities to see sea turtles, and a plethora of charming island villages to escape to.

It’s also very easy to take a day trip from there to Zakynthos (Zante) from Kefalonia, that way you get to discover two islands and not only one.

 

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