Tourist occupancies in Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt remain at the same level recorded last week, according to an official with the Egyptian Chamber of Hotels. He explained that average occupancy rates currently stand at 55%.
Sharm El-Sheikh airport has remained steady since the beginning of the week with no declines recorded due to the militant attacks in North Sinai on 24 October that left at least 30 military personnel dead.
South Sinai has 62,000 rooms, which represents 33% of Egypt’s total hotel capacity, according to the Hotels Chamber.
Sharm El-Sheikh holds about two-thirds of South Sinai’s hotel capacity and is one of the areas frequently visited by tourists in Egypt, according to the official.
The Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the South Sinai governorate, installed surveillance devices in the area at the beginning of this year directly following the bombing of a tour bus near Taba.
Egypt’s strong presence in the London World Travel Market conference (WTM), held the beginning of this month, will exert a significant positive impact on British tourism to the area beginning next year, according to Aly.
Tourism revenues declined to $5.9bn during 2013 with a 41% drop from revenues over 2012.