Lesson 1, Topic 8
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Amr Elleithy November 26, 2020
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Tourism is one of Egypt’s main industries and accommodation is available around all the major attractions and the larger cities. Egypt has all types of accommodation on offer, from deluxe hotels to youth hostels, at prices to suit all budgets. The main cities have moderately priced quality hotels, which must be booked well in advance, especially during the winter months. Smaller hotels are very good value. Hotel bills are subject to a tax and service charge of 14%.

Egypt boasts some beautiful luxury hotels, resorts set in landscaped gardens, characterful guesthouses, historic hotels, eco-lodges and desert camps that offer great value for money. It has seen a massive investment in its accommodation sector in recent years with the introduction of a system that monitors and categorises each establishment.

Hotels are graded 1-5 stars, although standards in each category can differ to those expected in similarly starred hotels in Europe and the USA. Standards are improving significantly with more emphasis being placed on service and providing enhanced facilities. All hotel categories must now have wheelchair access, for example, along with the availability of medical services.

Youth Hostels

There are 16 youth hostels affiliated to the Egyptian Youth Hostels Association, located mainly in large towns, on the coast and in popular tourist regions.

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