Mövenpick outlines big Egypt tourism plans
Cairo, March 7, 2012
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has underlined its commitment to Egypt’s tourism industry by adding three new resorts and five new Nile cruisers on to its existing property portfolio on the Red Sea coastline.
The new additions include Mövenpick Resort Hurghada, Mövenpick Resort Abu Soma and Mövenpick Resort Sharm El Sheikh in Naama Bay, said a statement from Mövenpick.
In a further confidence boost for this year’s ITB partner country Egypt, the hospitality group has also strengthened its presence on the Nile with four new cruisers and one sail boat, including the spectacular ‘Misr,’ once the private yacht of Egypt’s former King Farouk.
Roger Kacou, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ senior VP Africa, said: “We have a long and successful history in Egypt since 1975 and today managing 18 hotels, resorts and Nile boats. This announcement signifies an important step in our dynamic expansion programme that demonstrates our commitment to and total confidence in Egypt’s tourism.”
Operating under Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts management, the Hurghada resort is conveniently located in Hurghada Bay, only 8 km from the airport and offers 252 truly spacious rooms and suites, all with a direct view over the Red Sea.
The resort has benefited from a programme of renovations throughout 2010 which will continue during 2012 in stages to insure a smooth operation, Kacou stated.
Mövenpick Resort Hurghada facilities include a private beach, marina and freshwater pool and is ideal for waterskiing, snorkelling and diving, horseback riding, visiting Giftun Island and desert safaris.
Mövenpick is returning to Sharm El Sheikh on April 8 to start operating the Sharm El Sheikh - Naama Bay resort. With its prime location on Naama Bay the resort features 298 rooms and four villas with private pool, all with panoramic views over the property’s five private beaches.
Mövenpick Nile Cruisers offer even more options for cruising the river Nile after boosting their fleet in October 2012 with the historical steamship ‘Misr’ and four more boats, the M/S Sun Ray, Darakum, Hamees and Feddya.
The hotel management company will then operate a total of seven ships on the Nile and one on Lake Nasser.
Originally built by the British Royal Navy in 1918 and later converted into a luxury Nile steamer for King Farouk, ‘Misr’ is the only steamship on the Nile and is a true time capsule that rekindles the nostalgia of a golden age, but with true luxury accommodation, cuisine and service.
‘Misr’ has 16 cabins and eight suites that recreate the days of Louis XV and XVI, memories of the British and Ottoman Empires and the stunningly cool chic of art deco.
'The Sun Ray, Darakum and Hamees are among the largest and best-appointed craft on the Nile. Sun Ray and Hamees have a comfortable and contemporary design while Darakum features a Moroccan inspired decor,' Kacou said.
'All have five decks and on four of the decks offer a wide range of spacious cabins and suites with panoramic views of the Nile and feature air conditioning, satellite LCD TV, mini bar, safe and private bathroom with tub,' he added-TradeArabia News Service