Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Russians travel more in 2011

According to ATOR Analytical Service, in the first quarter of 2011 the number of the Russian tourists increased by 7.4% in comparison with the same period of last year. The growth amounted to 20.6% if to compare with 2008.

The expert’s estimates of ATOR Analytical Service show that due to the well-known events in Egypt and prohibition of the flights to this country on condition that the general dynamics of the increasing of outbound flow remains the same (24%) the Russian travel industry missed about 380 thousand people.

73% of the analyzed countries showed a positive dynamics in comparison with the first quarter of 2010. The best positive dynamics showed Cuba (130%), Malta (105%) and Thailand (90%). The most negative dynamics showed Romania (-67%), Egypt (-65%) and Canada (-45%).

According to the results of the first quarter of 2011 Thailand replaced the definite leader of the first 3 months of 2010 – Egypt. The share of Thailand amounted to 13.2% (300 thousand Russians). That was almost in 2 times more than in 2010. The share of the tourists who visited Thailand increased by 6% in comparison with last year.

The 2nd place took China. Almost 281 thousand Russian tourists visited the country in the first quarter of 2011 (+16% in comparison with the same period of 2010). The 3rd popular country became Finland (213 thousand Russians with tourist purposes). Egypt went down to the 4th place. The tourist flow to this country decreased by 65% in comparison with the same period of last year (202 thousand people).

Germany remained on the 5th place according to the results of the first quarter of 2011. More than 145 thousand Russians visited the country with tourist purposes (+40% in comparison with the same period of 2010).

The barrier of 100 thousand tourists took the following countries in the first quarter of the year: Italy (116 thousand people, +44%), UAE (112 thousand people, +38%) and Turkey (103 thousand people, +68%).

Czech Republic (68 thousand people) and Israel (almost 50 thousand people) can boast of 40% dynamics of the growth. Spain (59 thousand people) and Austria (54 thousand people) increased the tourist flow for 1/3. A considerable dynamics showed the USA (22 thousand, +54%), Cyprus (18 thousand, +60%) and Cuba (17 thousand, +130%).

Source:http://www.traveldailynews.com

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Posted By: Mohamed Mokhtar

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New Pharaonic artefacts discovered in North Egypt’s site of San El-Hagar

During routine excavation work, French excavators working at the San El-Hagar archaeological site unearthed hundreds of painted limestone blocks that were once used in the construction of the temple of the XXII dynasty king Osorkon II.

Minister of State for Antiquities Zahi Hawass said that early studies on site revealed that these blocks were dismantled and reused in the construction of edifices during the Late Ancient Egyptian period and the Ptolemaic era.

He promised that after unearthing all the blocks the archaeological team would study and reconstruct the blocks into their original shape in order to discover whether they formed a temple or a chapel.

French archaeologist Philip Brousseau, head of the French mission, claims the newly discovered blocks were reused in the construction of the enclosed wall of goddess Mut’s sacred lake, which the mission has been working hard to locate since last year. The lake is 30 meters in width, 12 meters long and six meters deep.

In his report, Brousseau wrote that cleaning 120 blocks revealed that 78 of them were skillfully painted and decorated while two were engraved with the names of kings Osorkon III or IV.

Meanwhile, he continued, other blocks bear hieroglyphic text with the name of the goddess Mut, the lady of Usher lake, which makes finding the sacred lake at San El Hagar temple, like the one that was found at Karnak’s temples on Luxor’s east bank, even more important.

Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, general supervisor of the minister’s office, describes the discovery as “very important” because it will add to the history of a great archaeological place in Lower Egypt. San El-Hagar, he explains, displays monuments from the Ramesside period that were once transferred in antiquity from king Ramsess II’s capital Per-Ramsess, now Kantir. It also has monuments that can be dated to the Graeco-Roman and Ptolemaic eras.

Abdel Maqsoud asserted that following the completion of the discovery of all the blocks the French mission will reconstruct these blocks according to the paintings and decorations engraved on them in order to discover what kind of edifice these blocks form. This reconstruction work, Abdel Maqsoud pointed out, reminded him of the dismantling and reconstruction of the chapel of king Senousert I and queen Hatshepsut’s red chapel in the Karnak temples.

He stated that the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) is now developing the site to make it more tourist friendly.

The first phase has already begun, with a budget of LE50 million, which includes reducing and controlling the level of subterranean water leaking from the urban settlement and agricultural lands neighbouring the site.

A visitor center will also be installed at the site as well as a museuological warehouse.

Ibrahim Soliman, director of San El-Hagra site, said the site is located on the northern side of Zagazig and includes a collection of temples, the largest one dedicated to the ancient Egyptian god Amun. It was the capital city during the XXI and XXII dynasties.

In 1939 french Egyptologist Pierre Montet discovered a collection of royal tombs and a treasure known as the Tanis treasure, now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. It includes gold jewellery inlaid with precious stones and funeral masks.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg

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Egypt to restore ancient boat found near pyramid

CAIRO, Egypt (AP): Archaeologists have begun excavating a 4,500-year-old wooden boat found next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of Egypt’s main tourist attractions, Egypt’s top antiquities official said Thursday.

The boat is one of two buried next to the pharaoh Khufu in what appeared to be a religious custom to carry him in the afterlife. Khufu, also known as Cheops, is credited with building the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Sakuji Yoshimura, a Waseda University professor who is leading the restoration project with Egypt’s Antiquities Council, said scientists discovered that the second ship is inscribed with Khufu’s name.

Khufu founded the 4th Dynasty around 2680 B.C. and ruled Egypt for 23 years.

Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, called the excavation “one of the most important archaeological and conservation projects in the world.” He hoped its display would boost tourism in Egypt, which has fallen sharply since the country’s popular revolution that deposed President Hosni Mubarak in February.

The boat was originally found in 1954 along with another ship, which was restored and is regarded as one of the most significant discoveries on the Giza plateau for its age, size and condition. Experts say the ships are the oldest surviving vessels from antiquity.

The second boat is thought to be smaller than its sister ship, which is about 140 feet (43 meters) long.

Using a pulley system, a team of scientists lifted the first of 41 limestone slabs, each weighing about 16 tons, to uncover fragments of the ancient ship. Over the next two months, experts expect to unearth about 600 pieces from the boat’s underground resting place. Restoration is expected to take about four years, and then it will be displayed at the Solar Boat Museum near the huge pyramid, which routinely attracts millions of tourists, boosting one of Egypt’s most important industries.

Both boats were made from Lebanese cedar and Egyptian acacia trees.

The experts hope to restore the second ship as successfully as the first. Hawass said the boat’s condition was better than he expected. “I was really afraid when I first saw the wood,” he said. “I am very optimistic that in four years there will be another boat.”

The entombed boat remained untouched until 1987, when a team from the National Geographic Society threaded a tiny camera under the site’s limestone surface to see what lay beneath and found it. Other similar cavities nearby were empty.

After receiving a $10 million grant from Waseda University, Egyptian and Japanese scientists in 2008 began preparing for the ship’s excavation process, conducting environmental surveys and building a temperature and humidity controlled structure around the site.

After the excavation process is complete, scientists will devise a computerized schematic of the boat to aid in its reconstruction.

Source: http://english.youm7.com

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Amy Lauren and Cairokee hold concert in al-Azhar Park

American pop and rock singer Amy Lauren and Egyptian group Cairokee will present a concert on Monday, July 8 in al-Azhar Park at 8pm.

The concert is the first part of Amy’s Egyptian tour. She will hold concerts in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhur from July 6 to July 12.

Amy Lauren gathers the best American country music, like Sheryl Crow.

Source: http://english.youm7.com

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Posted By: Mohamed Mokhtar

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Egypt’s Mediterranean ports see growth in tourism

 

CAIRO: Egyptian Mediterranean ports witnessed a notable tourism increase, said the head of the tourism revival body, Amr el-Ezabi.

Meanwhile, big tourist ships have anchored at Egyptian ports and there have been many tourists from different parties of the world in the past few weeks, said the internal tourism sector chairman Magdi Selim.

He added that the Pacific Princess ship with 882 tourists anchored at Port Said.

Source: http://english.youm7.com

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Remnants of Islamic, Coptic buildings discovered in Luxor

The Sphinx Road will connect Luxor and Karnak Temples as it did in antiquity, except now it will be the main route for tourist buses.

An Egyptian expedition team working in Luxor discovered remnants of ancient Islamic and Coptic buildings, the Ministry of Antiquities announced Wednesday.

The remnants include churches, minarets and domes and are located in the Luxor Temple area along the Avenue of the Sphinxes, according to a ministry statement.

The team found remains of an ancient church that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (AD 5), built with stone blocks typical of ancient temples. The church reflects the style of ancient Egyptian architecture in its stone cornices, columns and ceiling vault.

As for the Islamic monuments, the expedition team found the authentic architrave of a mosque called al-Muqashqash, as well as the minaret and dome of another mosque, Abul Hajjaj.

Other findings included a sandstone river gauge, an ancient pot used during Christian rituals and an oil squeezer discovered near the church.

The team also discovered pieces of pottery, some ornamented, and house walls made mainly from bricks, which date back to the late Coptic era and the start of the Islamic period.

The 3-km Avenue of the Sphinxes, which links the Karnak and Luxor temples, was a road used for ceremonies and religious processions during the pharaonic era.

Source: http://www.almasryalyoum.com

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Famous chefs visit Egypt in support of tourism

CAIRO: Dozens of international chefs gathered at the foot of the pyramids to participate in an international celebration supporting tourism in Egypt. The most famous Egyptian cooks participated in the celebration, headed by chef Osama al-Said.

The World Association of Chefs Societies and the Egyptian Chefs Association organized the celebration yesterday. Some tourists participated in the celebration.

The chefs started the celebration by cooking some dishes. Then they went to the panorama viewing area at the pyramids to take some photos.

This initiative, which was suggested by a number of chefs, is considered an important step to promote tourism after Egypt’s January 25 Revolution.

The Swedish chef Marcus Eaton, a member of the World Association of Chefs, said that more than 30 countries around the world have participated in this celebration. He added, “We wanted to come to Egypt and the pyramids to ask people all over the world to join us and support tourism in Egypt.”

Chef Eaton added that Egypt can face its current crisis, saying “We are proud of the Egyptians following the January Revolution, and we say to them: go forward.“

During the celebration, Chef Osama revealed he is opening a cooking school in September—the first in Egypt and the Arab World.

Source: http://english.youm7.com

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Uncovering of the second solar boat set for June 22

A delegation from Waseda University has completed its exploratory research along with the Japanese Institute for Restoration Research, and is prepared to lift a stone cover, consisting of 40 panels, on the southern side of Khufu pyramid (also known as Cheops, or the Great Pyramid).

The Japanese embassy has scheduled this event for June 22, 2011 at 10am at the Pyramids in Giza, inside the big tent for the second solar boat.

According to the Japanese embassy in Egypt, its Chargé d’Affaires Masami Kinefuchi, as well as the Minister of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass, and the Chief Executive Representative of the Nitori Holding Company, Akio Nitori, will attend the event.

The Waseda University delegation and the Japanese Institute for Restoration Research have carried out research on the second solar boat since 2008. The second solar boat was discovered in 1987 by a Waseda University delegation in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The second solar boat lies to the west of the solar boat museum, which is situated on the southern side of the Great Pyramid in Giza.

Source: http://english.youm7.com

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Posted By: Mohamed Mokhtar

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33 acres of land allocated for medical tourism in Giza

Giza Governor Ali Abdel-RahmanGiza Governor Ali Abdel-Rahman

GIZA: Around 33 acres in the Bahariya Oasis will be allocated for investment in medical tourism, said Giza Governor Ali Abdel-Rahman.

During his visit Wednesday to Bahariya Oasis, Abdel-Rahman inaugurated the new development and service projects and said the area will be set aside this year in coordination with the Egyptian cabinet. He added that these projects aim to encourage investment in Egypt.

After holding discussions with the cabinet, a new area for youth will also be allocated to encourage agricultural investments, according to Abdel-Rahman.

The governor said the Oasis should not depend only on date cultivation and tourism, but should also establish other industries.

Source: http://english.youm7.com
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Italy sponsors ad campaigns promoting tourism in Egypt

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (L) smiles in front of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R, behind) as he unveils a plaque during an inauguration ceremony for the renovated Egyptian Academy in Rome on September 23, 2010. Mubarak is in Rome as part of a two-stop European tour.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi instructed the Italian Ministry of Tourism and tourism magazines to create advertising campaigns promoting travel to Egypt, said an Egyptian diplomat in Rome.

Egyptian Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhri Abdel Nour as well as Prime Minister Essam Sharaf visited Italy last week and Sharaf attended celebrations of Italy’s National Day on 2 June.

The director of Egypt’s Tourism Office in Italy, Mohamed Abdel Gabbar, said that Berlusconi issued strict orders to the Italian Minister of Tourism to take interest in promoting tourism to the country.

He noted that there are 3000 Italian tourism companies in Egypt.

Abdel Gabbar added in statements to Al-Masry Al-Youm that these companies will be exposed to bankruptcy in case tourism in Egypt does not recover soon. He pointed out that Berlusconi has personal interests in Egypt as well.

He said the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism sponsored large audio and visual media advertising campaigns in metro stations, on public transport and in airports.

The deputy editor of Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily newspaper, said that advertising campaigns are not enough to restore tourism to pre-revolution levels. He said the security situation must return to normal, as insecurity is a major impediment to tourism.

Source: http://www.almasryalyoum.com

Memphis Tours Egypt since 1955.

Posted By: Mohamed Mokhtar

Categories: Archaeology, Cairo Info, Discoveries in Egypt, Egypt after the revolution, Egypt Latest news, Egypt News, Egypt Travel | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

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