Hotels in Red Sea’s Hurghada city are expecting high occupancy rates of over 85% during the Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday falling on 31 August, according to Alaa Akel, Chairperson of the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA) in the Red Sea.
Talking to Daily News Egypt, Akel said the current occupancy rates at most Red Sea hotels range between 80% and 100% at weekends, with an average of 85%.
He also told DNE that the majority of hotel visitors come from the local market with the dominant nationality being Egyptian.
Akel noted that some hotels will gain the government-required health and safety certificate soon, which they need to reopen in light of the government’s co-existence plan with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This will bring the total number of Red Sea hotels that have received the health and safety certificate to 192.
The certificates are being awarded to hotels following the health guidelines outlined by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Egypt suspended inbound and outbound international flights at all its airports on 19 March to curb the spread of COVID-19. The flights were resumed at airports in three governorates with the lowest coronavirus infections on 1 July. The governorates with the lowest number of infections have been identified as South Sinai, the Red Sea, and Matrouh.