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Global Diving Leader, Aggressor Fleet, Expands to Red Sea
Cairo, 01 March 2014 - The Aggressor Fleet, the world’s largest live-aboard franchise company, has announced its entrance into the Egyptian diving market with the launch of the Red Sea Aggressor luxury live-aboard. With operations beginning in March 2014, the launch marks the arrival of a truly international diving brand with a global clientele to Egypt’s diving tourism industry.
“With its spectacular visibility, large pelagic sea life and incredible soft corals, the Red Sea is a world-class diving destination, and thus an ideal place for the Aggressor Fleet to expand its world-class diving operations,” said David Home, CEO and Managing Director of TVB Group International, one of the owning partners of the Red Sea Aggressor franchise. “With cooperation from Egyptian authorities, we believe that we can transform Egypt into a global leader in live-aboard scuba diving hospitality and attract divers from outside of the European market – Egypt’s primary source of diving tourism.”
The Aggressor Fleet’s expansion into the Egyptian market comes at a pivotal time for Egyptian and Red Sea tourism. Three years of political turmoil have made many tourists hesitant about traveling to Egypt and its wonderful Red Sea destinations; however, the Aggressor Fleet’s Red Sea launch is a clear sign that Egyptian tourism, particularly at the Red Sea, is safe and open for business.
As a new international dive and hospitality franchise entering the Egyptian market, the TVB Group and the Aggressor Fleet call on the relevant Egyptian authorities to implement the policies necessary to bring Egypt up to par with other top diving locations.
“Our expansion into Egypt is demonstrative of the Aggressor Fleet franchise’s interest and long-term investment in developing the live-aboard hospitality and diving industry in Egypt, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia,” said Tarek Hamza, President of TVB Group International’s operations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. “We see great potential in Egypt, but require cooperation from Egyptian authorities, especially with regard to safe diving and ecosystem conservation, for that potential to be reached,” he added.
New diver to boat radio communication and GPS locator safety equipment has become commonplace in many diving locations across the globe such as Cocos Island and the Galapagos Islands, but the implementation of such technologies has not yet happened in Egypt. As such, Red Sea Aggressor is calling on Egyptian authorities to approve and put these technologies in place so that Egypt can reach its potential as a global diving destination. Without swift and decisive action over the next 12 to 24 months, Egypt risks losing out on diving tourism to other Red Sea locations that are developing their diving industries.
The worldwide Aggressor Fleet franchise is an ideal vehicle for Egypt to improve its Red Sea diving tourism as it offers an array of services and amenities that distinguishes it from its competitors, including 5 Star luxury service, five dives per day, three experienced dive guides aboard every charter, daily chef-prepared à la carte meals, and free beverage service for the duration of the charter.