What’s happening now in Egypt – Sept 2011 archive
The current ‘What’s Happening Now In Egypt’ page aims to keep you updated on the latest travel information to Egypt; as well as news on the ancient sights, missing artefacts and the continued preservation of our Egyptian heritage, following the peaceful peoples’ of January Revolution. This is our archive from September 2011.
September 2011 – Travel Updates, News on Egyptian Antiquities and Heritage Sights
Ministry of Tourism Reverses New Tourist Visa Requirement – 11/09/11
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism has canceled last Thursday’s decision requiring tourists not in official tour groups to obtain visas prior to arrival, said First Assistant Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou. Tourism Minister Fakhry Abdel Nour agreed with the Cabinet to not change tourist visa procedures, Zaazou added. Tour operators, travel agents, the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism and members of the Egyptian tourism market abroad were informed of the decision to cancel the amendment to tourist visa requirements, he added. [Source: Youm7]
World Tourism Day Set for Egypt – 11/09/11
World Tourism Day 2011 is this year set for September 27th 2011 in Egypt and will run under the theme: Tourism – Linking Cultures. Aswan will play host to a range of events and talks by senior tourism officials examining how the tourism industry is meeting the UN World Tourism Organisation’s goals on responsible tourism. Read further details on the Breaking Travel News website.
Dealers Arrested Over Stolen Antiquities – 10/09/11
Great news that twelve antiques dealers were arrested in Minya province by Police detectives cooperating with the Public Security Authority after they tried to sell artefacts taken from tombs. The dealers were attempting to sell ten granite statues, 12 metal statues, a statue on a black granite base and four scarabs. [Source: Youm7]
Western Visitors to Egypt Must Obtain Visas Before Arrival – 09/09/11
Egypt will require visas from all travelers prior to arriving in the country. Egypt’s Cabinet says it’s changing its visa regulations, meaning visitors will no longer be able to get a visa upon arrival. No official date for the new regulations has been given, but the new rules could be implemented as early as next week [w/c 11/09/11]. Cabinet spokesman Mohamad Hegazy told The Associated Press that the new rules will affect nationals from the United States, Europe, Australia, Gulf countries, Africa, Latin America and Asia. [Source: Al Masry Al Youm and Bikya Masr websites]
Phase Three of GEM is Reviewed – 06/09/11
Tuesday 6ht August, plans were underway for The Grand Egyptian Museum Committee to start reviewing the bids for the construction of the museum’s third phase. The third phase of the build includes the construction of the museum’s main exhibition halls, which will display 100,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts. Read more on Ahram Online.
Tourism Investments set to Increase in Egypt – 05/09/11
Tourism investments are expected to reach 6.6 billion EGP. The 2011/2012 tourism sector plan aims to increase the number of tourists to Egypt to 14 million. Read more on this story on the Menafn.com website.
A New ‘Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk’ to be Produced – 04/09/11
It appears the U.S. Department of State intends to award a contract to International Council of Museums (ICOM) for producing and distributing an “Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk”, to include preparation of an experts committee and production of a Red List for international distribution together with a training campaign. The list will be issued in November 2011. Read the full story on the Al Masry Al Youm website.
Archaeological Excavation Projects to Resume in Egypt – 04/09/11
Starting early September, after the end of the Eid holiday, 75 other archaeological missions will resume excavation projects in Egypt, announced Mohamed Ismail, Director of the Permanent Committee and Foreign Missions Affairs at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA). Read the full story on the Al Masry Al Youm website.
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