Egyptian Tomb Hunting

Tonight, on Channel 5, sees Tony Robinson going all Indiana Jones, scrabbling around archaeological excavations by the Nile and getting very muddy. We see him wandering around the great ancient Egyptian monuments in Giza and Luxor, but it’s far more interesting to follow him as he becomes one of the first laymen to catch sight of new discoveries being made in previously unexplored tombs.

Like the dozens of pots containing the detritus of a mummification process – including an accidentally discarded major organ that Tony’s pleased as punch to get to hold – or the exquisitely carved but unfinished entranceway to the home for eternity of an ancient local dignitary. As he says, “The Egyptians did death better than anyone else.”

Tonight’s programme is part one of two.
In part two Tony goes on a journey across Egypt, where a series of incredible new tomb discoveries are being made. He travels the length of the Nile, from Cairo to Aswan, to investigate tombs of all shapes and sizes, and meets the archaeologists, including John Ward, who are unearthing extraordinary wonders.

A previously untouched coffin dating back more than 3000 years was opened in front of the media in Luxor on Saturday. It was one of two sarcophagi found this month in the Al-Assasif necropolis – the burial site of nobles and senior officials close to the pharaohs.

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Egypt forecasts tourism growth, driven largely by North Americans

Egypt Tourism Numbers Increasing.
Egpyt Tourism Numbers Increasing

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


DUBAI — Egypt’s tourism industry is back on track, with total arrivals in the past 12 months up 33.3% from 2016 to 2017.

The data, published by Colliers International, was released ahead of the Arabian Travel Market 2018, set to take place this year in Dubai from April 22-25. It is the leading global event for the Middle East inbound and outbound travel industry for the last 25 years.

Egypt, in particular, will be of major interest at this year’s show, with reports of projected growth across the board. Between 2018 and 2021, arrivals from North America will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% to 318,844. Driving this growth will be the cheaper Egyptian pound as well as government incentives for charter airlines carrying passengers on international flights.

Over the same period, visitor arrivals from Africa are also expected to grow, with a compound annual growth rate of 3.8%, to more than 300,901. Arrivals from the Middle East are expected to increase by 3% at compound annual growth rates, to over 1.34 million.

In contrast, European visitors, who’ve traditionally been the key source market for Egypt, are projected to have a 1.6% compound annual growth rate. In 2017, there were 5.2 million European arrivals.

The expected resurgence in visitors from North America, Africa and the Middle East will see both leisure and corporate travel in Egypt increase over the next four years. In anticipation, Egypt signed a three-year, US$66 million contract with advertising J. Walter Thompson to create promotional campaigns for 27 source markets. Moreover, major hotel companies have confirmed development projects, including Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria, Starwood’s St Regis and Swiss brand Mövenpick.


Nile cruise passengers have also been rising steadily over the last few years so maybe this is the time for you to take that special trip?

Nile Cruise “Pathe” Video

I found this wonderful vintage Pathe film about cruising The Nile on Facebook today and thought it would be of interest to anyone hoping to cruise the nile in the future or as a lovely reminder for thos who have already made this magical journey. Towards the end it describes the amazing plans behind moving the temples on Lake Nasser. It will give you a real insight on the scale of hat they planned. If you take the optional excursion to Abu Simbel you’ll see just what they actually achieved…If you choose the HD option you will get a better visual experience):

“A Cook Abroad”…

A Cook Abroad:Dave Myers' Egypt

A Cook Abroad:Dave Myers' Egypt“Hairy Biker” Dave Myers is riding solo tonight without partner Si King for a new tour of Egypt airing on BBC2 at 9.00pm, entitled “A Cook Abroad: Dave Myers’ Egypt“.

The description of the show sounds really promising and includes Dave Myers’ “haggling ineptly for souvenirs at Luxor“. Something I’ve been guilty of on many occasions.

If your due to take Nile cruise or have already experienced one you will enjoy this programme I’m sure. I personally love Egyptian food and as I love “The Hairy Bikers” this is a programme not to be missed.

You can read more about this evening’s show here: “A Cook Abroad:Dave Myers’ Egypt“. Continue reading ““A Cook Abroad”…”