Thomas Cook plans to open two own-brand hotels in Egypt next year to offer year-round holidays.

A 100-room waterfront Casa Cook boutique hotel is planned for the Red Sea development of El Gouna.

A Cook’s Club hotel is also set to open in the heart of El Gouna – one of ten to open next year.

The expansion comes through a partnership with developer, Swiss listed Egyptian developer Orascom Development Holding, which has operations in ten destinations including five in Egypt plus the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Montenegro and Switzerland.

The group operates 33 hotels with 7,113 rooms and controls about 104 million square metres of land.

Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts chief Enric Noguer said: “With the opening of these two hotels Thomas Cook will offer year-round holidays in our Casa Cook and Cook’s Club brands.

“This continues strong momentum for our hotels and resorts business as we expand our portfolio around the world.

“El Gouna is a popular destination and our two new hotels will offer alternative holidays to people looking for high-quality contemporary design and laidback service with a great bar and restaurant at the heart.”

Khaled Bichara, CEO of Orascom Development, added: “We are excited about the partnership with Thomas Cook and we welcome the fact that El Gouna will be the first home to Thomas Cook’s newest hotel brands in the Middle East.

“We are confident that Casa Cook and Cook’s Club will fit perfectly to the offer at El Gouna and the group’s hotel portfolio.”