EGYPT UPDATE January 21, 2003 Egypt Ranks # 6 Amongst The List Of
Top Ten World Travel Destinations According to a survey conducted by iexplore, inc., Egypt ranked the 6th amongst the ten most popular destinations worldwide in the year 2002. Top ten destinations are ranked as follows:
5.2 Million Tourists Visited Egypt in 2002 Latest statistics indicate that about 5.2 million tourists visited Egypt in 2002 with an increase of 11.7% compared to the year 2001. Germany ranked the # 1 market in tourist numbers visiting Egypt, Italy was the second marker, England # 3 and France # 4, whereas the U.S. market ranked # 6 amongst Western countries. ___ Great Pyramid Rover Back The robot used in the exploratory mission of the inner hallways of the Cheops Pyramid at the Giza plateau, will resume its endeavors in unraveling the mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Declared Dr. Zahi Hawass, however, this time it will explore the northern holes of the pyramid as it has previously explored the southern entrance. Dr. Hawass acknowledged that he expects the discovery of a similar door to the one revealed in the southern entrance. Egyptian American joint studies are currently carried out in order to explain the existence of these doors and hallways. Archaeological research will continue throughout the year 2003, declared Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities. The Egyptian Museum . . . A Hundred Years
Of An Illumination Temple 1902-2002 Egypts First Lady, Mrs. Suzan Mubarak, launched the grand festivity marking the centenary of the Egyptian Museum. Top officials, and a multitude of distinguished thinkers, scientists, researchers and archaeologists were present at the launch. Dr. Zahi Hawass declared, that the Supreme Council of Antiquities is under carrying special preparations and ambitious plans, to transfer all Egyptian museums into educational and learning centers. Starting with Cairo museum that will encompass a school for youth and children. Further developments consist of a construction of an adjacent complex that includes bazaars, cafs, a restoration center in addition to administrative edifices. It is worth mentioning that the museum was opened in 1902. A number of pieces will be displayed for the first time to the public, gathered from the warehouses and antiquities store rooms from all over Egypt. Moreover, Egypt celebrated the laying of the foundation stone of the "Civilization Museum" in the ancient "Fustat" district. As well as two new museums in Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. Finally, tackling the imperative issue of stolen and illegally smuggled artifacts, Hawass confirmed that Egypt is determined to retrieve its treasures, which will be displayed in a special museum for this purpose. Appealing to the world and to all concerned, Hawass, asked for support of this six-month-old Egyptian retrieval campaign of these misplaced relics. ___ Release of Additional Water Supply In A Swift Reaction
To The Needs Of The Tourism Industry Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zeid, Minister of Irrigation, ordered the release of additional 30 million cubic meters of water per day into the Nile river starting January 13, 2003 to ensure regular operation of floating hotels between Luxor and Aswan. It has been reported that few vessels ran aground as they left the navigation channel at a time when the flow of water was reduced because of annual maintenance works along the Nile bed. Dr. Mamdouh El Beltagui, Minister of Tourism, declared that this comes as a swift reaction to the needs of the Egyptian tourism industry that is witnessing an increased demand in cultural tourism in general and Nile cruises in particular. The Minister of Tourism further stated that Egypt is booming once again and that a trend is observed, as tourists from all over the world tend to combine Nile cruises with a stay in one of Egypts marvelous resorts on the shores of the Red Sea or the Sinai Peninsula.