A general view of one of the beaches at the Red Sea resort. Photo courtesy of Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Facebook page.
The assessments were carried out by commissions from the service responsible for monitoring tourist facilities at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in accordance with the criteria established in 2019 to meet international standards.
Of these establishments, 529 are hotels currently in operation while 187 are closed.
Abdel-Fattah Al-Assi, deputy minister in charge of overseeing tourism facilities, said the assessments reflect the ministry’s desire to improve Egyptian tourist destinations and help hotels and resorts meet standards. international.
The new hospitality criteria for Egyptian hotels was developed in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Of the one- to five-star hotels that were re-evaluated, 78 saw their status unchanged.
At the same time, 44 hotels were downgraded. This includes 12 five-star hotels reduced to four, 14 four-star hotels reduced to three, 12 three-star hotels reduced to two and six two-star hotels reduced to one.
Mohamed Amer, director of the ministry’s hotel oversight department, added that the tourism licenses of 20 hotels had been revoked due to shortcomings, while 306 hotels were given a three-month grace period to begin renovations. which would bring them into compliance with the new criteria.