CAIRO: The government has allocated 20 million EGP ($2.23 million) to upgrade the lighting and water heating systems at 10 hotels in Red Sea resorts, Advisor to Tourism Minister Emad Hassan told Youm7 Wednesday.
The hotels will repay the cost depending on the occupancy rate; the Tourism Ministry will earn 8 EGP for every guest night until the entire payment is covered, Hassan said.
The lighting system will be changed into a light-emitting diode (LED) system, and a solar water heating system will be installed to reduce power consumption, he added.
The Tourism Ministry will execute the project in Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam in 12-18 months starting from July at the latest, according to Hassan.
The tourist influx into Red Sea resorts plummeted in the past months after a Russian plane crashed over Sinai Oct. 31 and several countries banned travel to Egypt.
A zero occupancy rate was reported at several hotels in the area after the tragedy. Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou told al-Youm channel in November that the private sector in Sharm al-Sheikh will be allowed to postpone the payment of government bills for three months.