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Personal travel agents boost holiday bookings

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The British holidaymaker is back in fine fettle with a January jump in bookings for the summer.

Helping sales is a growing army of 2,000 personal travel agents who work from home and visit clients whenever convenient.

Worries about a Brexit effect on travel and the economy caused a lull over Christmas, but the vital New Year selling season is off to a rapid start.

Bookings so far for May to October are up 5% versus the same period last year.

Michelle Tolton, from the village of Rothley, near Leicester, sells holidays in clients’ houses, over the phone and via Facebook.

“It’s going well this year,” she says, “People are booking early. They want to escape the doom and gloom.

“I do all the legwork because they have busy lives.”

Visiting a local customer, Kate Newman, the talk is about a holiday for 16 members of her family to one of this year’s most popular destinations.

“We’re still thinking of Turkey – you get more for your money,” Kate explains.

Michelle is well on her way to her target of a hundred bookings for the year.

Many are to Europe, but she has also sold trips to see gorillas and luxury jaunts to Mauritius and Australia.

The last two weeks have been a crucial period for the travel industry, after pre-Christmas speculation that people would be advised not to book trips for fear of a no-deal Brexit.

But the New Year has been even busier than usual, according to the latest figures from the market specialists GfK Travel Insights.

Non-EU destinations are up 19% compared with last year. That includes Turkey, but also Egypt and Tunisia.

Fewer mini-breaks?

The typical spend is higher as well, with the average selling price per person up slightly to £982.

The travel agents group, ABTA, says its surveys show that 38% of holidaymakers plan to spend the same as last year and 27% intend to spend more.

Alistair Rowland of Co-operative Travel believes some customers could be cutting back on mini-breaks and allocating more cash to their main holiday.

And he believes they are not being distracted by concerns about the UK leaving the EU.

“I think if anything people are so tired of Brexit, and they are used to their pound buying less,” he says.

“They are not willing to give up their main holiday of the year and they’re willing to invest in it.”

Travel shops are under pressure as more travellers buy over the internet.

But industry insiders expect the new breed of Personal Travel Agents will lead the fightback.

There could be a thousand more of them over the next few years, working from their kitchens and encouraging us to book early and book often.

Even this year, though, there are still plenty of would-be holidaymakers who prefer to bide their time and hold out for a bargain later on.

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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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