The Nile, Egypt’s best-known natural wonder amidst its multitude of attractions, is being called on to once again revive the country’s tourism trail from Europe. The mighty river has long been a magnet to visitors, offering boat trips through the heart of the capital and cruises to historical Luxor and beyond.
Today it has a central part to play in a new drive by Six Continents Hotels to restore confidence in the country as a travel destination, according to a company press release. Located on the banks of the Nile, the Semiramis Inter-Continental Hotel is among seven hotels offering tourists winter packages starting at $30 per person per night, available until the end of June 2002.
“International events over the last few months have hit tourism hard here. But Egypt is on Europe’s doorstep, and we’re expecting the visitors to return, with this hotel, and its location overlooking the Nile, being prime attractions,” said Michel Tourniaire, general manager of the Semiramis Inter-Continental, and regional vice president of operations for Six Continents Hotels, Egypt.
Guests at the Semiramis Inter-Continental Hotel are accommodated in 730 air-conditioned rooms and suites. The hotel offers private balconies giving spectacular views of the Nile and the city.
The Museum of Egyptology, downtown shops, souks and Cairo’s commercial center, are all within walking distance. The Pyramids of Giza, and The Sphinx, are a taxi-ride away, while the ancient settlement of Luxor and the spectacular leisure and diving attractions of the Red Sea, are easily accessible from Cairo by road or air.
The Semiramis Inter-Continental Hotel offers seven restaurants serving a range of cuisines, including Arabic, Italian and Argentinian. Special fares on Egypt Air’s in-bound flights are now available from travel agents.
Six Continents Hotels, the hotel business of Six Continents PLC of the United Kingdom, owns, manages, leases or franchises more than 3,260 hotels and 514,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. — (menareport.com)
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