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Starting next month, leading holiday group Thomas Cook will open the doors to Casa Cook and Cook’s Club, its two new hotels in Egypt. Situated in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna, near Hurghada, Cook’s Club represents the company’s offer in its sixth location, after Turkey, Spain, Greece, and Bulgaria. Cook’s Club is designed especially for the trendy millennial, offering great, diet-conscious food and beverages, set against the backdrop of modern architecture and a poolside DJ. Cook’s Club will reportedly hold 144 rooms.

The second hotel, 100-room Casa Cook will begin operations in October. This will make Egypt Casa Cook’s fifth location, with four already in Greece and Spain. According to a company statement, seven nights bed and breakfast at Cook’s Club El Gouna starts from $768, while seven nights bed and breakfast at Casa Cook starts from $968 dollars.

Will Waggot, Thomas Cook’s Chief of Tour Operating said Egypt was “proving really popular” among the company’s clientele, with a reported seven percent surge in demand for the North African nation. “Our new Cook’s Club and Casa Cook will be great additions to our holiday offering and will appeal to golfers and water sports enthusiasts, as well as those looking for some winter sun at a great price,” Waggot said.

The sun shines year-round on Egypt’s Red Sea, making it a sought-after holiday destination. Hurghada, where the two new Thomas Cook hotels are located, has a pleasant climate, rich for underwater fishing, snorkelling, and camping, as well as having the world’s largest aqua-culture museum. In El Gouna, there are gorgeous mountains and crystal clear waters, suitable for diving, fishing, and sightseeing. Egypt’s tourism sector will benefit from these luxury additions. Especially on the heels of Germany’s decision to lift a four-year travel ban on the Egyptian Red Resort city of Taba. Expect more Germans flying into Egypt’s major tourist sites on Thomas Cook offerings shortly.

Meanwhile, the Red Sea Governorate, the supervisory jurisdiction under which these two new hotels are located, is set to open a new International Airport. Berenice airport will open in summer 2019. Red Sea governor Ahmed Abdallah said the airport would solve the problem of transporting tourists, as several tourism projects in the past had been relocated because there were no airports around. The new airport is one of the “five gifts” president Abdel Fattah El Sisi promised Egyptians in 2017.

By Caleb Ajinomoh

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