Alexandria to seek tourist-only beaches to ensure privacy for expats: report

A general view of Miami Beach in the port city of Alexandria, Egypt. (Reuters)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Alexandria to seek tourist-only beaches to ensure privacy for expats: report

CAIRO: An Egyptian official in Alexandria said the coastal city is considering to establish tourist-only private beaches to offer its foreign visitors “the privacy that suits their needs.”
The chairman of Alexandria Chamber for Travel Agencies was quoted by Al-Masry El-Youm saying that the future of tourism in the city will be “very promising within the coming period.”
Ali Al-Manesterly noted the government’s recent agreements with Greece, Cyprus and Italy in efforts to promote tourism in Alexandria among the citizens of its Mediterranean neighbors.
He also pointed out that the city is considering to establish tourist-only beaches “to suit the needs of foreign nationalities” and will create an opportunity to promote beach tourism in the city alongside its historical and cultural aspects.
Al-Manesterly said the idea of allocating beaches to foreign tourism in return for fees is not strange for most touristic cities.


Malaysia welcomes its first durian-friendly hotel

An overview of the Durian Research Center. (AN photo)
Updated 16 July 2019
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Malaysia welcomes its first durian-friendly hotel

  • Tan sees the resort’s agritourism ecosystem as a long-term goal toward creating a platform for durian research and cultivation

KUALA LUMPUR: Durians are known for their distinct, pungent smell, which many foreigners describe as a combination of rotten onions and old socks. As such, most hotels in Asia forbid the fruit on their premises.
But with the rising popularity of durians among locals and foreign tourists, Malaysia is welcoming its first durian-friendly hotel and resort.
Situated an hour from Kuala Lumpur’s city center, the beautiful, scenic Bangi Golf Resort includes a hotel overlooking a golf course, and an agriculture farm.
“When you first go into any hotels, you usually see the signs ‘durian is not allowed’ or ‘durian is forbidden’,” said Tan Ban Keat, director of the resort. “We soften the tone for the hotel to be ‘durians are allowed in durian-friendly zones’.”
Hotel patrons can buy, eat and bring durians to designated zones throughout the resort.
“We’re actually the first hotel to practice that,” said Tan, adding that he does not believe the move will prompt other hotels in Malaysia to follow suit.
“It doesn’t do anything to their business. We do it because we grow durians on the premises. We have the annual durian festival … and we’ll include the Durian Research Center in the near future,” he said.

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Musang Kings are considered premium durians due to their intense yet well-balanced, custardy sweet taste. They are the premier durians for export to China and other overseas markets.

Tan expressed his hope that the center, which is under construction, will become a premier research hub for better durian breeds.
“I hope to create a Super Musang King,” he said. Musang Kings are considered premium durians due to their intense yet well-balanced, custardy sweet taste. They are the premier durians for export to China and other overseas markets.
Tan sees the resort’s agritourism ecosystem as a long-term goal toward creating a platform for durian research and cultivation.
“These durian-friendly zones are created to be a platform for agriculture. Durians have a place in many people’s hearts. They’re a national treasure,” he added.