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Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts is expanding its North Africa portfolio by signing an agreement for a hotel in Luxor, Egypt, and having recently opened a new hotel in Tunisia.

Egypt’s government is, over the coming months, anticipated to shift greater focus on developing the country’s tourism industry.

North African countries have overcome recent troubles to show signs of strong travel and tourism sector recovery, according to World Travel & Tourism Council.

Arrivals from the Middle East, North America and Africa are anticipated to drive growth into Egypt’s tourism industry by 2021, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018.

Gulf Air announced plans to launch direct flights to the Egypt’s Alexandria from June 10 and Sharm El Shaikh from June 16.

On March 24, Deutsche Hospitality is set to participate during World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) annual Earth Hour event by turning off the lights, as a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet.

UAE low-cost carrier, Air Arabia, announced that its subsidiary Air Arabia Egypt launched a new direct route linking Sohag, Egypt to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 20.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities recently announced that an ancient cemetery was discovered near the city of Minya, south of Cairo, within an area known to house ancient catacombs from the Pharaonic Late Period and Ptolemaic dynasty.

Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts’s nine property-strong Egypt portfolio is set to be joined by a tenth member from November, with Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle, Hurghada.

Hotelbeds Group announced that bookings measured by room nights from Berlin for its bedbank brands, including Hotelbeds, Bedsonline, Tourico Holidays, and GTA, for this summer are already up by 2017, also stating that long-haul destinations are emerging.