Egypt remains as favourite for UK holidaymakers. We’ve been working in Egypt since 2008 on the following projects...
Nile River Cruises
We embarked on a pilot project, funded by The Treadright Foundation, looking at the sustainability of the floating hotels used for Nile cruises. After the first stage of the project in 2010, which saw seven boats audited, the political situation in Egypt made it difficult for the project to move forwards.
Instead, we transferred the main project to Germany.
Snorkelling and desert guide training
The marine and desert environments of the Sinai Peninsula are particularly fragile. In collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, trade associations and other local partners, as well as UK tour operators, this project focused on protecting the areas popular with visitors to the South Sinai resorts of Sharm el Sheik and Dahab.
Working groups developed and implemented training courses for snorkelling and desert guides. 50 snorkelling guides were trained, and 30 Bedouin (desert guides).
The qualification encouraged local people, particularly Bedouin, to qualify as guides. Previously, a career in tourism would have been unavailable to many local people due to the high training costs. The accredited courses not only educated native Egyptians and Bedouin, but also provided new employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities.
We trained 30 desert guides, known as Bedouin. This helped to provide new employment opportunities for local people.
We also trained 50 snorkelling guides. Due to high training costs, a career in tourism is unavailable to many local people.