Hilton Worldwide aimed to increase the number of hotel rooms it manages in Egypt by 40percent by the end of 2022. Picture: Bongani Mbatha.
JOHANNESBURG - Hilton Worldwide aimed to increase the number of hotel rooms it manages in Egypt by 40percent by the end of 2022, the company’s vice-president for the North Africa region said. 

The US company, which runs thousands of hotels around the world and manages 17 hotels in Egypt, aims to add 2500 rooms and take on seven more projects in the country by 2022, Hilton’s Mohab Ghali said.

Egypt’s tourism industry, one of the country’s main sources of foreign currency and employer of millions of Egyptians, has suffered since a 2011 uprising, but has picked up in recent months. “The average occupancy rate at hotels in Egypt has increased by 20 to 25percent this year,” Ghali said. 

- REUTERS