An official at the Ministry of Tourism said that tourism occupancy in the Red Sea governorate is expected to reach 60% over the Christmas holiday, due in part to an expected influx of eastern European tourists.

“We expect a high volume of tourists coming from Germany, the Ukraine, and Poland during the last days of December,” said the official.

Hotels in the Red Sea governorate represent roughly 35% of Egypt’s total hotel capacity, offering 225,000 rooms.

Hesham ElShaair, a member of the Egyptian Chamber of Hotels, said that the flow of tourists in the coming days will increase because of the expected increase in tourists from Germany and other European countries due to the recent implementation of new security measures at Egyptian airports.

He expects occupancy rates to surpass 60% in January, as western European tourists from France and Britain start visiting Egypt.

ElShaair explained that Britain had suspended flights to Sharm El-Sheikh, but allowed flights to Hurghada to continue.


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