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Low Russian tourism flow weakens hotel Easter occupancy: El-Zayat

Occupancies in Alexandria, Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada hotels range between 50%-60%, falls below sector expectations.
14.04.15 | Source: Daily News Egypt

Tourist occupancies in Egypt’s hotels did not rise to the targeted numbers over the past three days, according to Chairman of Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism, Elhamy El-Zayat.

Al-Zayat added that the decline in the flow from Russia is a major factor in this fall.

Occupancies in Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh ranged between 50% and 60%, Al-Zayat said, and expected a decline in occupancies at the end of the week after the Easter holiday.

Hotel capacity in South Sinai and the Red Sea made up to 65% of the total operating hotels’ capacity in Egypt, according to Egyptian Hotel Association.

Tourism workers hoped for hotel occupancies to increase over the spring season to more than 80%, especially in hotels of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh.

In an interview with Daily News Egypt last Tuesday, Minister of Tourism Khaled Rami mentioned that Russian tourism retreated by 20% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2015.