Junes Sees Decline in Gulf Tourists Taking Egypt holidays
The number of travellers from the Gulf taking Egypt holidays fell by 42 per cent during the month of June 2011, according to new figures released by the head of the international department of the Tourism Development Authority in Egypt, Sami Mahmoud.
New figures released by the Tourism Development Authority in Egypt have shown that the number of tourists originating from the Arabian Gulf declined by 42 percent in June 2011, compared to the same month last year.
Travellers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) taking holidays to Egypt fell by 50 per cent, visitors from Saudi Arabia decreased by 40 per cent, and Kuwait by 39 per cent, according to figures released by Sami Mahmoud, the head of the international department of Egypt’s Tourism Development Authority.
Over the years, Gulf tourists have usually chosen to stay at Cairo hotels during their Egypt holidays but since the political riots which took place in several cities across Egypt in January this year, many travellers from the Arabian Gulf have avoided visiting this historic country.
June, July and August are usually the busiest months for Gulf tourists going to Egypt holidays but it appears that the instability in the country, despite the resignation of President Mubarak, has deterred travellers from booking trips to the country’s capital which is so famously known for its history and archaeological sites.
Mahmoud added that the number of European travellers to Egypt has also significantly declined since the political unrest.
Early this year, thousands of Egyptian anti-government protestors took to the streets of the country’s major cities where they called for President Mubarak to step down from his position. The riots soon became violent after the country’s police forces intervened and the protests continued for nearly two weeks. Approximately 900 citizens were killed and despite the country seeing a quiet period after President Mubarak stepped down in February, the country is still relatively unstable.
Recent riots took place in Suez earlier this month after hundreds of protestors swarmed the security headquarters, outraged by a court’s decision which supported the release of seven policemen who are facing trials for reportedly killing protesters during the riots.
Since the unrest, there has been a severe decline in the number of business travellers and tourists planning holidays to Egypt, particularly in Cairo and Luxor. Egypt hotels are experiencing low occupancy levels and tourism officials and the government have launched a series of marketing initiatives and campaigns to attract international visitors back to the country.
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