EGYPT’S MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND ANTIQUITIES ANNOUNCES THE UPCOMING OPENING OF HYATT CENTRIC CAIRO WEST, THE COUNTRY’S FIRST ART HOTEL, AIMING TO ATTRACT 25-30 MILLION TOURISTS BY 2028.
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities recently unveiled plans for the inaugural art hotel in the country, Hyatt Centric Cairo West. Set to open its doors in early 2024, the hotel will boast 283 rooms and will be situated in the Pyramids Heights area, contributing to the ongoing revitalization efforts surrounding the Grand Egyptian Museum.
An art hotel distinguishes itself by incorporating art into its design and providing guests with an immersive artistic experience. Expect to find captivating paintings, sculptures, hanging figures, and distinctive architectural elements throughout the establishment.
AlDau Development, a privately owned company, has partnered with Hyatt Hotels to bring this vision to life. Spanning an impressive 27,000 square meters, the hotel has attracted investments totaling one billion Egyptian pounds.
During the signing ceremony, which was graced by the presence of Giza Governor Ahmed Rashed and Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa, Egypt’s National Tourism Development Strategy was highlighted. The strategy aims to establish Egypt as a top-tier destination, with the goal of achieving a yearly growth rate of 25 to 30 percent in tourism revenues.
Issa, in a previous statement, highlighted Egypt’s goal of welcoming 25-30 million tourists by 2028. To achieve this, the country has been expanding its hotel capacity to accommodate 14-15 million visitors annually. This involves doubling the number of hotel rooms, providing affordable air travel options, and diversifying the range of tourist products offered to attract the desired influx of travelers.
In an effort to stimulate tourism, Egypt has recently relaxed visa requirements for several countries, including China, Iran, India, Turkey, Morocco, and Algeria. These measures aim to enhance the country’s appeal as a destination and increase tourist footfall.
Tourism plays a crucial role in Egypt’s economy, serving as a significant source of foreign currency. However, the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a severe blow to the sector, resulting in a significant drop in visitor numbers from 13.1 million in 2019 to 3.7 million in 2020. Nevertheless, the industry has shown signs of recovery over the past two years, with tourist arrivals reaching eight million in 2021 and 11.7 million in 2022.
Looking ahead, Egypt anticipates that the number of tourists in 2023 will rise to 15 million, demonstrating the country’s commitment to revitalizing its tourism sector and attracting a diverse range of visitors.