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Egypt to protect historic hotels

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19 November 2010

The hotels have been recognised for their historical or architectural significance, or the interesting story behind them - many were popular with key figures over the years including Sir Winston Churchill, Princess Diana and Agatha Christie.

The iconic luxury hotels, located in prime locations across the county, will be renovated over the next three years in an effort to protect and preserve them for future generations. In total, 1,277 existing rooms will be renovated and 320 new ones constructed.

Aly Abdel Aziz, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Holding Company for Tourism, Hotels and Cinema (HOTAC), said: "This is an important day for the Egyptian hotel industry. These historic buildings have now been protected by the government and will never be sold to outside investors.

"As part of this commitment, these properties will undergo total renovation to bring them back to their former glory whilst conserving their original features."

General Nabil Selim, Chairman of The General Egyptian Company for Tourism and Hotels (EGOTH), added: "We are today proud to announce the launch of our new Historic Hotels of Egypt collection. The iconic hotels within this collection play an important role in Egypt’s history and it is our mission to preserve these exquisite national treasures.

"With significant investment and dedicated restoration projects for each of these landmark properties over the next three years, we will ensure that these prestigious hotels stand glorious for generations to come, whilst still retaining their individuality."

The historic hotels of Egypt

The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino - a former royal palace built in 1869 and Cairo’s most popular downtown hotel.

Mena House Oberoi - built in 1869 and located at the foot of the great Pyramid.

The Shepheard Hotel - at the centre of Cairo’s cultural life and history since it was founded in 1841.

The Nile Ritz Carlton Cairo - the hub of the city’s cosmopolitan social life and glamorous destination for the city’s upper classes since the 1950s. It is currently closed for total renovation and will re-open in 2013 as one of Cairo’s leading hotels.

The Old Cataract, Aswan - a grand hotel on the Nile, built in 1899, which has hosted leading dignitaries from Sir Winston Churchill to Princess Diana. Currently closed for total renovation, it will re-open mid 2011.

The Winter Palace, Luxor - a grand colonial style hotel built in 1886.
The Luxor Hotel - set in an area described as the world’s largest outdoor museum, it will soon become one of Egypt’s most captivating boutique hotels. Currently undergoing total renovation, it will re-open in 2013.

The Palestine Hotel, Alexandria - boasts one of the most prominent locations on the Mediterranean. It was specially built and furnished within six months to host the Arab League Summit in the early 50s.

Cecil Hotel, Alexandria - a British colonial gem built in 1929.

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