International: People and Places - Egypt

Starwood Hotels held an international fam trip to Egypt in early February, taking 40 buyers from around Europe to the land of the Pharaohs.

The four-night itinerary took in Cairo as well as Hurghada and El-Gouna. Six UK agents made the Thursday afternoon trip from Heathrow, with the Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Towers as the first port of call.

After a welcome dinner in the evening, the following day was dedicated to the sights and shops of Cairo, incorporating the ancient treasures of the Egyptian Museum and a visit to some of the city's colourful markets.

In the evening, a gala dinner by the Pyramids proved an entertaining end to the day's exertions.

The following morning, the group took a short flight to Hurghada, located south of the capital on the Red Sea. The nearby five-star Sheraton Soma Bay Resort, a 275-room property with 25 suites, provided accommodation.

Quad-biking in the desert was then laid on, as well as a traditional bedouin lunch, before the evening's 'oasis dinner' took place, complete with belly dancers and whirling dervishes.

Participants spent a further night at Sheraton Miramar Resort in El Gouna before the Monday morning return to the UK.

Banks Sadler account co-ordinator Ileana Spurgin was impressed. She said: "The trip was very well organised. We got to experience a lot and the venues we saw were fantastic."

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