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Ministry of Tourism Wins World Travel Market’s 2019 Global Leaders Award

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The Ministry of Tourism has won the World Travel Market’s 2019 Global Leaders Award for their the ministry’s “Outstanding Achievements to the Industry” in the past two years.

Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat received the award during a ceremony that took place in London between November 4-6 and taking part in the event was more than 500 representatives from major travel and tourism agencies from across the world.

Al Mashat expressed her honor and gratitude through her official Instagram page saying: “We are honored to have been chosen as the Ministry of Tourism that has contributed the most to the global travel and tourism industry over the last 24 months.”

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𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 #𝗘𝗴𝘆𝗽𝘁'𝘀 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 “𝗢𝘂𝘁𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆”. We are honored to have been chosen as the Ministry of Tourism that has contributed the most to the global travel and tourism industry over the last 24 months. The award represents another year of strong growth for #Egypt’s tourism sector reinforcing its role as a driver of economic growth and job creation. The overarching objective of E—TRP is to have at least one individual from every Egyptian household work directly or indirectly in the tourism sector. We have demonstrated that setting policy frameworks is not a theoretical approach but actually executable, as tourism revenues accelerated reaching an all-time high in 2018/2019. It is also a testament to the efforts done by the Ministry of Tourism to contribute to the global tourism industry, with #Egypt taken as an example for resilience and the ability to reinvent itself. Tourism plays a major role in global economic activity, generating 10% of GDP and providing 1 out of 10 jobs worldwide. Since I took office in Jan 2018, we have been working relentlessly with global partners for development such as the @UNWTO, @wtandtc, WTO and ITC to create awareness on the importance of tourism, strengthening and realizing the potential of Egypt’s tourism, and maximizing contribution of the sector on Egypt’s economic welfare. Once again, Congratulations #Egypt. @WTMLondon مبروك لوزارة السياحة المصرية حصولها على جائزة الريادة الدولية للساهمة الفعالة في صناعة السياحة عالميا من بورصة لندن الدولية للسياحة 2019 ، للجهود التي قامت بها الوزارة على مدار الـ 24 شهرًا الماضية، لتحقيق عامًا آخر من النمو القوي لقطاع السياحة في مصر وصياغة وتنفيذ برنامج الإصلاح الهيكلي لتطوير قطاع السياحة.

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The award represents another year of strong growth for #Egypt’s tourism sector reinforcing its role as a driver of economic growth and job creation. The overarching objective of E—TRP is to have at least one individual from every Egyptian household work directly or indirectly in the tourism sector. We have demonstrated that setting policy frameworks is not a theoretical approach but actually executable, as tourism revenues accelerated reaching an all-time high in 2018/2019.” She added.

The statement also explained how this award comes in light of the Ministry’s efforts in enhancing the global travel and tourism industry, considering all the global partners that the ministry joined forces with for development such as the UNWTO, wtandtc, WTO and ITC, in order to create awareness on the importance of tourism, strengthening and realizing the potential of Egypt’s tourism, and maximizing contribution of the sector on Egypt’s economic welfare.

 

 

 

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Travel Guide: How to Plan A Low Budget Trip

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Travel Guide: How to Plan A Low Budget Trip

We’re talking here to real travelers! Those who are traveling to explore not to live luxuriously and therefore are looking for ways to help them stay within their allocated budget, they’re the solo travelers who are seeking to enjoy the destination not their stay.

So for those of you who relate, here are a few tips and tricks to help you travel on a low budget.

Travel out of season

Google the best time to visit your desired destination then travel just before or after the dates given, this technique is called the ‘shoulder season’ where you get to enjoy the country but not the weather.

But who cares when the hotel and airlines prices will be so much lower than the usual? Trust us, you’ll still enjoy the country just as much.

Pack properly

One thing I personally make sure to do is pack properly because trust me, shopping expenses take up from your budget and you will find yourself inside the supermarket buying loads of stuff you clearly don’t need. So bring everything you need and always take with you a warm hoodie and a waterproof jacket, because anywhere you go, unpredictable weather incidents may occur, so why risk shopping for a new jacket?

Book flights in advance

Prices of flight tickets get higher in time as you approach your travel date, so make sure to always book your flight ahead if you already have everything sorted out.

Public Transport is your new travel buddy

Don’t even consider Uber or cabs when you’re traveling abroad, especially if the country you’re traveling to has a subway that covers most areas. Always choose public transportation, buses, metro or trains to get you around. If you’re scared to get lost, you can always ask around or use Google Maps.

To know more on how to use Google Maps for metro stations, click here.

Don’t eat away your budget! 

I know that dining in expensive restaurants seems quite appealing but getting broke on your second day is way scarier, so choose cheap lunches that you can buy from a supermarket, or give street food a try. But of course try the country’s main local dish as this is part of your travel experience.

One thing I always do because I get hungry A LOT is pack a few things from home, including canned food, pastas and of course some munchies.

Choose your accommodation wisely

Trust us, you won’t be spending much time in your hotel room because instead you will be out there exploring the world. So basically all you need is a safe place to leave your stuff behind and somewhere that is clean too.

You can trade expensive hotel rooms for dorm rooms in hostels, also a great way to meet people if you’re traveling solo! If you’re traveling with a group, then rent a place on AirBnb, you will find great spaces at low prices when divided on all of you, a studio will even suffice! Couchsurfing is another website you can give a look.

General tips!

  • Go where you know people. This will not only save you the accommodation fees but will also help you get around easily as they will show you around.
  • Ask the locals on some of the best deals on food, accommodations, and other necessities can only be discovered through word-of-mouth on the ground.
  • Gather all the information you need on the country before traveling, you can ask on Facebook groups for advises and personal experiences.
  • Avoid gift shops and shopping in general.

 

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GEM’s Supervisor Denies Rumors That Claim the Museum Was Flooded With Rain Water

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Egypt has witnessed heavy rains this week which led rumors to spread on social media that the Grand Egyptian Museum has been flooded with rain water.

General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah denied all these rumors and confirmed that the GEM is equipped and ready to stand against anything, because of how it’s thoroughly planned and designed.

Moftah also added that more than 1K employees have been trained on the right mechanisms to deal with rains or fires.

The training provides employees with depicts real-life scenarios inside and outside the museum, in addition to teaching them ways to deal with any incident that may include fire or rain.

During the training, a real fire-fighting truck was actually used, in order to ensure that the vehicle has access to all areas of the GEM.

We’re just glad and relieved to have been assured that the GEM is designed to deal with anything and that nothing is left for chances, we can’t wait for its inauguration later this year.

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Travel Guide: 6 of the Best Winter Destinations

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Travel Guide: 6 of the Best Winter Destinations

Some travelers seek winter’s snowfall, while others are looking to escape it to a warmer place, and so to help you choose the best winter destination that will suit your vacation needs, we have listed the following destination that will make your winter vacation completely worth the trip!

Hawaii

Hawaii is for the travelers looking to escape the chilly weather, the island’s warm weather makes ideal for hiking and wandering the stalls at the Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair. You can also enjoy surfing in one of the island’s many prime surfing spots including Honolii Beach Park and Kahaluu Beach Park.

Dubai

Dubai’s weather is always warm and perfect for those of you who despise winter and are beach lovers, you can spend your vacation tanning on Jumeirah Beach or maybe explore the gold and spice souks or sandboarding at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. If you’re looking to enjoy a bit of winter, you can hit the slopes at the Mall of the Emirates’ massive indoor Ski Dubai complex.

Phuket

A winter vacation in this Thai island is just perfect and comes with many pluses, for starters, the weather there during wintertime is just outstanding and you can enjoy a 90-degree beach weather. The island is the ideal destination for those looking for a reasonable getaway and those looking to enjoy their pineapples laying on the beach.

You can cross outdoor sights like Big Buddha and Wat Chalong off your bucket list. Another bonus is that you can get out on the water to explore by boat.

Seville

Seville is a stunning city located in Spain and the weather in winter is mild, rooms there are quite affordable and not very crowded with tourists. You’ll get to admire the Gothic architecture at Catedral de Sevilla and the Real Alcázar palace. Also, winter is when the city hosts holiday markets (in December) and Three Kings Day festivities which are certainly a plus.

Turkey

Turkey has always been viewed as a summer holiday destination, but it actually holds so much potential as a winter destination! For starters, it’s much quieter in winter and way cheaper, so you will get to save the expenses of accommodation and shopping. It’s also pretty stunning when it’s covered with snow, almost feels like a fairy tale.

Cartagena

The city is nestled along Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the weather there is warm and overflowing with several historic sites including the Walled City of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with colonial architecture and Caribbean Sea views. We advice you to head to Playa Blanca or take a boat to the nearby Rosario Islands.

The city is a popular winter destination so you might need to book earlier!

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