Hotels in coastal areas are counting on the spring school holidays and Egypt’s national holidays next April to increase their occupancy rates, said Tarek Shalaby, deputy chairman of the Tourism Investors Association in Marsa Alam.

He added that the hotels in coastal areas, both in South Sinai and the Red Sea, have begun to launch their special offers for Egyptian families to prompt them to spend their vacation there.

Ain Sokhna and Alexandria are the most popular coastal areas for Egyptians to spend their holidays during the recent period, according to former chairman of the Chamber of Hotels Waseem Mohey El-Din.

He added that Alexandria will take the lion’s share of Egyptian holidaymakers, especially during the summer.

The total capacity of hotels in Alexandria and the North Coast is about 4,000 rooms, according to the Chamber of Hotels.

Mohey El-Din expects a 15% increase in rooms’ prices compared to last year, especially in the five-star hotels. He attributed the rise in the prices of rooms to the rise in occupancy costs by more than 20% during the recent period.

“The prices range between EGP 600 and EGP 1,200 per room,” Mohey El-Din added, pointing out that hotels in Ain Sokhna and Alexandria will be the most expensive during the upcoming period.

Egyptian tourism has been suffering from a decline in tourists flow since the Russian plane crash at the end of October 2015.

Shalaby said he expects a significant rise in occupancy rates during April, to about 40% or more in the Ain Sokhna area, owing to its proximity to Cairo.


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