Landmark Cairo Tower reopens in time to dazzle ATA delegates


Cairo’s famous icon, the 60-story-high Cairo Tower, has just reopened with stunning new LED night-time light effects and panoramic-view restaurants. This Cairo landmark will most certainly be an added attraction for the delegates participating in the 34th Annual Congress of The Africa Travel Association (ATA) scheduled to open Sunday, May 17 at the Conrad Nile Hotel in Cairo.

The ATA Congress, hosted by the Hon.Zoheir Garranah, Egyptian minister of tourism and Amr El Ezaby, chairman, Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA), will bring together travel industry professionals from the US, Canada, and Africa including tourism ministers, tourist boards, airlines, hoteliers, and ground operators, as well as representatives from business, non-profit, and development sectors, to address some of the challenges facing the travel, tourism, transport, and hospitality industries across Africa.

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High-profile Egyptian speakers will include, among others, the minister of tourism, the ETA chairman, Hisham Zaazou, first assistant to the minister of tourism, Ahmed El Nahas, chairman Egyptian Tourism Federation, and Elhamy El Zayat, chairman, Emeco Travel.

Other featured speakers will include Hon. Shamsa S. Mwangunga, Tanzania’s minister of natural resources and tourism, and ATA president, Eddie Bergman; ATA executive director, Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim; African Union commissioner of infrastructure and energy, Ray Whelan, official representative for accommodation, ticketing, hospitality and technology for FIFA World Cups 2010; and Lisa Simon, president, US-based National Tour Association (NTA).

The Egyptian ministry of tourism will host all ATA Congress delegates on a full-day tour to the National Museum in Cairo and to the Pyramids that will conclude with a dinner cruise on the Nile.

“The Cairo Tower has always been a point of reference in the city for visitors as well as Egyptians,” said Mr. Sayed Khalifa, director, Egyptian Tourist Office for US and Latin America. “Now with four diverse restaurants and the unmatched panoramic views of Cairo and its famous sites, the Cairo Tower is once again a tourist attraction. Although not part of the official tour, we encourage the ATA delegates to find time to visit the Cairo Tower on their own and enjoy the spectacular view and some of the wonderful restaurants.”

The highest spot in Cairo, enhanced with strategically-placed telescopes, the panoramic view on the top floor offers spectacular views of the Egypt’s bustling Metropolis. The 360-degree revolving restaurant on the 59th floor offers an array of international cuisine. The Garden Coffee shop on the 60th floor of the Cairo Tower has a more informal dining atmosphere. The new VIP Restaurant and Lounge features luxurious furnishings and an elegant upscale menu. The Tower now also has space for meetings and conferences. The visiting hours are from 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight.

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