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Partial closure of Hurghada hotels due to low occupancy amid COVID-19 surge

Several hotels and tourist villages in Hurghada have announced a partial closure, due to the low foreign occupancy as COVID-19 surges in tourism exporting countries and the domestic tourism season comes to an end in Egypt.

Instead the facilities have decided to only partially operate in order to save expenses, and have granted a large number of workers paid vacations.

Hotel occupancy rates decreased to their lowest levels, between 15 and 20 percent, while tourist villages offered discounts and offers to attract Egyptians.

Room prices were LE1000 in many Hurghada hotels and LE1500 in the hotels of Marsa Alam, Makadi and Sahl Hasheesh.

The director of a major tourism company in the Red Sea said that EasyJet had suspended its flights from Britain to Hurghada for a month due to the lockdown in Britain.

Meanwhile, agencies from the ministries of health and tourism continue to enforce precautionary and preventive measures against the coronavirus in hotels and tourist villages.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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