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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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Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence

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Another reason to be proud of our Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as if we needed more reasons!

Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), received on behalf of the museum two ISO certificates: a certificate of accreditation of international standards for environmental management systems (ISO 14001: 2015) and certification of the international standard specifications for the quality management systems (ISO9001: 2015).

File: The three ISO certificates received by GEM.

Engineer Mohamed Habib, General Manager of OSS Middle East and Dr. Tarek Rizk, consultant of OSS Middle East and witnessed by Dr. Hussein Kamal, were the ones to present the certificated in the presence of General Director of the GEM Conservation Center, Dr. Eissa Zidan, Director of Executive Affairs of GEM Conservation and Transportation, and Dr. Elshimaa Eid, Head of Health and Safety at GEM.

This brings the total of certificated that the museum has been awarded to three, as the museum obtained the ISO certificate for occupational safety and health last September.

It’s also worth mentioning that this makes the GEM the only museum regionally and internationally to obtain three ISO certificates in less than 60 days!

These certificates resemble the positive impact that the museum have on the area and its surroundings, it also positions the museum as a sustainable and environmental museum.

 

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Diving & Scuba Activities to Resume in Parts of South Sinai

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As of December, diving and scuba activities for yachts on cruises will resume in six nature reserve diving sites in South Sinai, according to a statement made by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment.

The diving sites include: the Temple, North Laguna, South Laguna, White Island, Electricity, and Map.

The decision by Egypt’s Environmental Affairs Agency follows the cessation of diving activities that lasted for nine months, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt’s health ministry announced Wednesday that South Sinai, Minya, Suez and Ismailia have recently seen a drop in infection rates, unlike Cairo and Alexandria.

According to the statement, “These sites were chosen after carrying out a number of field studies and scientific surveys, and after ensuring that they are distinguished by all the appropriate environmental requirements for diving sites to achieve the enjoyment of those involved in diving activities,” quoting Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad.

 

 

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43 Floating Hotels & Nile Cruises Obtain Health and Safety Certificates

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So far, a total number of 43 floating hotels and Nile Cruise ships have obtained the government mandated health and safety certificates. 

These hotels and ships have started the resumption of their trips in October and ever since, they have been obtaining the certificates that are approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA). 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, these floating hotels obtained the certificates for meeting the health and safety requirements set out by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry’s inspection committees approved 26 floating hotels between Luxor and Aswan last week, including: Nile Dolphin Hotels; Solaris 1; Premium; Amo Boat; Abercrombie 2; Zaina; Medea; La Travita; Tosca; Beau Rivage 1; Château Lafayette; Esmeralda; Champollion 2; Abercrombie Nile Adventure; Crown Jewels; Royal; Regency Louvain; Miss World; Nile Plaza; Nile Shams; Emilio; Miss Beau Rivage 2; Nile Marquis; Blue Shadow; and Farah. In addition to these, the Nile Vision and River Boats in Cairo also received ministry approval to resume their trips.

The inspection committees will continue looking at the rest of Egypt’s floating hotels, the ones that submitted applications for the certificate.

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