The Egyptian government has officially allowed the reopening of hotels and resorts on 15 May 2020 for domestic tourism, after being closed since March 19, 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world. Accordingly, ODE will gradually re-open its hotels in El Gouna starting May 15 with plans set to have all hotels there open for business by May 21, 2020 and will also re-open Taba Heights Hotels on May 21, 2020.
According to the government regulations, hotels will be permitted to operate at a maximum capacity of 25% until 1 June 2020 then at 50% by June 2020. The number of residents will be in accordance with guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and medical measures, ensuring quality of personal protective tools and sterilization materials.
“We have used the time of the temporary suspension of the hotel operation to monitor WHO guidelines, government mandates and public health advancements to tailor and implement sanitation and staff training programs that ensure our hotels continue to provide a safe haven for our guests and staff”,
Abdelhamid Abouyoussef, CEO of Orascom Development Egypt (ORHD on the EGX) commented.
“Since International travel from and to Egypt is still closed, we expect domestic travel to pick up, with local occupancies increasing more than usual in El Gouna. Moreover, in appreciation of the situation and the travel uncertainties, the Group has released flexible booking terms and conditions. This initiative helped maintain decent short-term demand levels”.