The bookings of Alexandria hotels for next week during the celebrations of Eid Al-Fitr have reached 100%. Many citizens tend to spend the Eid holiday in Alexandria, as an escape from the high temperature in Cairo and other governorates.
Antonio Ghazal, the former head of the Egypt Hotels Association (EHA) in Alexandria, said that summer is considered an important season in Alexandria, where occupancies go up to 100%, which increases prices by 50%.
He explained that the prices of rooms start at EGP 2,500 per person and increase based on the number of stars, the location, and the demand of citizens—where the hotels overlooking the sea are usually more expensive.
He stressed that the Eid Al-Fitr holiday coinciding with the summer greatly increases hotel occupancy by Egyptians, where foreigners and Arabs represent only 5% of occupants.
Ghazal pointed out that occupancies will see a rise starting next week in Alexandria, the North Coast, and Marsa Matrouh, adding that a slight decline will take place after Eid before recovering.
He demanded the government of Alexandria to make more efforts to take the governorate out of the frame of seasonal tourism and turn it into one with tourism all year long, allowing investors to invest in it throughout the year.
He said that the means of reaching Alexandria, Matrouh, and the North Coast are easily available, whether by air, sea, or land, which helps the government pay more attention to them.