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Elite Travelers in 2019 are Looking for Adventure in Egypt

May 16 2019

Egypt is the hottest destination elites are traveling to this year, according to boutique luxury travel agency Original Travel, which plans trips for high-net-worth individuals.

Egypt appears in various lists for 2019 popular destinations including Condé NastAFAR, and even takes top spot in Business Insider’s, “These are the hottest destinations billionaires are traveling to in 2019”.

Why Egypt? Apart from being home to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the oldest seven wonders of the ancient world, sights are back on Egypt following plans for the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Sphinx International Airport that is set to be completed around the same time.

“By the time of the complete opening of the museum, [the airport] will be up and running,” says Tarke Tawfik, GEM’s director. “We hope that this will enhance the numbers of visitors to our museum, even for a weekend tourism.” GEM anticipates 5 million visitors a year.

The GEM is estimated to cost an astounding $1billion and will become the world’s largest archaeological museum. Initially scheduled to open in 2012, the museum is now poised for completion in 2020 with a partial opening in 2019 for the unveiling of its star attraction—all 5,400 objects from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The museum will house over 100,000 Egyptian artifacts including 28 shops, 10 restaurants, a conference centre, and a cinema.

Despite the delays, for the first time in years, there are now waitlists for hotels and boat trips along the Nile. According to Original Travel, a vast majority of Egypt bookings are for the Steam Ship Sudan. The steamship cruises along the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, stopping at archaeological sites, temples and tombs.

Popular accommodations for elites include the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza where rooms for diplomatic suites can cost $938 a night or the Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay where a presidential suite can cost as much as $2,016 per night.

One thing is clear: elites are venturing to Egypt before the masses do.



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