Chairman of the Egyptian Hotels Association in the Red Sea Alaa Akel forecast that all Red Sea hotels are projected to resume operations by next October or November, however, at low occupancy rates, Reuters reports.

A total of 149 hotels have obtained the health and safety certificates that permit operation under reduced capacity requirements, whilst 49 others are in process, Akel told the news agency on July 5.

“For this month, tourist receipts will likely come largely from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belgium, while Italian and German tourism should pick up toward the end of summer,” the chairman was quoted as saying.

In Egypt, there are 252 hotels overlooking the Red Sea coast, with a capacity of more than 70,000 rooms, he further highlighted, anticipating occupancy rates to rebound to normal levels by March 2021, according to Reuters.

On June 25, EgyptAir Airlines uncovered resumption of flights to 24 destinations during the first week of July and will add more in the following weeks, operating at 20-30% capacity. Domestic flights to the tourist hotspots of Red Sea’s Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada resorts will also restart, along with those of Luxor and Aswan along the Nile River.