تاريخ التسجيل: Oct 2007
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Tourism. The figures provided by several hotels give a report on a fall of the number of the Arab visitors following a discriminatory rise in the prices of the hotel rooms.
The Arabs take the key of the fields
Since the beginning of 2007, all the indices attested of only one fact: the sector of Egyptian tourism well will benefit from a many Arab multitude, especially during September and July. In fact, smelling itself more very desired in London, Paris or New York, it is towards Cairo that the Saoudi holiday makers and of the Arab countries of the Gulf migrate from now on in mass during the summer. It was the opinion many specialists. Those corroborated their arguments in the following way: “All changed since September 11, 2001, the tourist season, it became the summer in Cairo”, affirms Jean-Pierre Mainardi, director of Nile Hilton, in the middle of Cairo.
Furnished hotels, apartments, casinos, shopping centres and cabarets, all the city is put “at the Arab hour”, as the Inhabitants of Cairo say it, than they benefit from it or irritate themselves some. The estival pilgrimage of Cairo of hundreds of Arab thousands of visitors, including 400.000 Saoudis last year, abruptly was essential after the terrorist attacks of September 11 on the United States. “And this year also, the reaction of the persons in charge for tourism in the various Arab countries that one met at the time of the Arab convoys promised a strong Arab season in Egypt”, ensures Magdi Sélim, person in charge for the international relations to the Organization of tourist promotion (ETA). In fact, all these predictions were not carried out this summer, because cupidity benefitted nobody. The hotels seized the occasion of Arab flows which intended to spend their holidays to Egypt and raised the prices of the rooms of a rate of more than 25%, especially for the Saoudi tourists and those of the Gulf only. What did not rain much in the latter, which thus chose another destination which could be less expensive than Egypt and which offers better services.
The policy of the instability of the prices of the hotels had quickly its harmful effects on Egyptian tourism. “Certain large hotels in Egypt recorded a fall of the Arab tourists of a rate of 15%. In fact, the hotel ones in Egypt forgot that we are not only on the ground. There are others which try to seize on greatest behalf of the tour operators, especially Arab, as for example Turkey where the average price of the room is of 120 dollars, against 200 dollars in Egypt and Malaysia, which created more than 200 agencies for the services of tourism and hotel trade in the Arab countries”, explains Khaled Khalil, expert in Arab tourism. It adds that it is not fortuitous only Turkey, which had received in 2004 more than 500.000 Arab tourists, accomodated nearly a million in 2006 and that continues in 2007. In the same way, the news service malaysienne quoted that the Minister for Tourism invited the tourists of other nationalities that Arabic to be resided in the cities located near the capital Kuala Lumpur, whose hotels are always complete thanks to the floods of Arab tourists.
Mohamad Ashaal, Saoudi tourist, complain about the exploitation of which it suffers since his arrival with the airport from Cairo is of the taxi driver which required a great sum to take it along to the hotel, that is to say then of the hotel where it was shocked by the list of the prices of the rooms. Those are fixed according to nationality, and the tourist of the Gulf is at the head. “Although I like much Egypt, I feel that I am always deceived there”, Mohamad deplores.
Not very convincing denial
For its part, the Egyptian Minister for Tourism denied that the number of the Arab tourists dropped in comparison with the same period of last year. Even, it gives a report on rise. “It is true that the increase is not important. It is only 2,6% compared to 2006, against more than 8% in 2006 compared to 2005”. On the other hand, the minister admitted having received several complaints of the Arab tourists concerning the variation of the prices of the hotels, according to nationality. “In this respect, one held several meetings with the owners of the hotels and one asked them to apply a policy as much stable than lucid with regard to this question (to read maintenance). This policy must be based on supply and. Any other criterion is completely against the ethics of the trade. Sanctions will be applied to the hotels which do not respect the new regulation”. And to add that what took place really, it is not an escape of Egypt but a new orientation. The Arab tourists who fled the hotels five stars of the downtown area essaimé towards, for example, the residential hotels with the street of Pyramids (Al-Haram), with their casinos, centres shopping and cabarets. They received a great number of Arab tourists for the first time years ago. Moreover, “the Arab tourists who visit Charm Al-Sheik and Hurghada became increasingly numerous during these last years”, underlines Amr Al-Ezabi, president of ETA. Justified optimism? It is certain that a total revision must take place. The tourist and hotel field is often made decisions which seem to raise of the abstract one: it is to kill goose that lays the golden eggs and to make shame with the country too. Tourism is well a means of contact and knowledge between the people, of the factors that cupidity and lack of visions compromise.