The winter season in Luxor that ended in May witnessed holding 23 parties at ancient temples in Luxor, in accordance with the legal controls and the standards of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, according to Mohamed Osman — the Head of the Committee for the Promotion of Cultural Tourism in Luxor.
Osman said that there has been a noticeable increase in Egyptians’ interest in visiting archaeological destinations in Upper Egypt, which means a positive change in the concept of travel among the Egyptian family and youth.
He continued that during the season-ending in early May, Luxor witnessed the holding of nearly 70 scientific and professional conferences for international medical and pharmaceutical companies, which indicates that Luxor is qualified to attract conference tourism.
In a related context, Osman said that there was a great demand for balloon trips, which are one of the most important elements of attraction for tourists.
He revealed that the average number of balloon trips reached 46 trips per day. He also mentioned that the archaeological tombs with high-priced memorials, such as the tomb of Nefertari, which costs EGP 1,400, witnessed a high rate of visits which ensured the distinctiveness of the cultural tourism product, which was evident in the significant increase in the rate of demand for it.
He continued that Egypt witnessed a 28% increase in demand for cultural tourism products during the winter season compared to the same period last year.
Prices for such programmes also saw an estimated increase in prices by 18% compared to the previous year as well, and tourists’ average spending ranged from $90 to $115.
At the same time, the season also witnessed an increase in the average number of night-time tourism activities, according to the Committee for the Promotion of Cultural Tourism in Luxor.
He concluded that there is a noticeable increase in Egyptians’ interest in visiting archaeological destinations in Upper Egypt, which clearly means a positive change in the concept of travel among the Egyptian family and youth.