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Egypt's Tourism Authority predicts 2017 to be good year for its travel industry

The Egyptian Tourism Authority is optimistic about the future of the country's tourism industry as it predicts 2017 to be a year of growth. After an unstable few years, consumer research reveals that British people are once again looking to travel to Egypt for good value holidays, and a new flight has been launched by Egyptair between Heathrow and Luxor.

Egypt's Tourism Authority predicts 2017 to be good year for its travel industry

After a rocky few years, Egypt’s tourism industry could be about to receive a welcome boost as consumer research reveals that British travellers are once again planning holidays to the country. The Egyptian Tourism Authority is optimistic that 2017 will be a year of growth from the United Kingdom, as more tourists seek value for money destinations.

Last month a new flight was launched by Egyptair between London Heathrow and Luxor in Egypt. The service will be operated on a 737-800 aircraft and has 144 seats in two cabin categories.

Speaking at the World Travel Market in London earlier this month, Yehia Rashed, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism said that the country had a tourism strategy in place. A series of advertising and promotion campaigns were planned for 2017 to make people aware that Egypt is open to holidaymakers.

Mr Rashed commented:

“More than 1.5 million British visitors came to Egypt in 2010,” “Last year it was 870,000 and this year we expect it will be down by 70 per cent to fewer than 300,0000 visitors. But we are very confident that 2017 will be a year of growth.”

Germany and Belgium lifted their ban on flights to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt in May this year, following the crash of a Russian plane at Sharm El Sheik airport last year, which was suspected to be a planned attack. The UK is the only country in Europe with the ban still in place.

Mr Rashed added:

“I personally believe it is just a matter of time before the UK government reviews the work and investment we’ve done in improving security in our airports and lifts the ban on flights to Sharm El Sheikh.”

Many flights continue to operate weekly services to various destinations in Egypt from the UK, including Thomas Cook, Thomson, EasyJet and Egyptair. The launch of the new flights to Luxor will give UK tourists access to the some of the world’s most ancient sites including Tut-Ankh-Amoun, the Luxor and Karnak Temples, and the Valley of the Kings and Queens.

Egypt has been a popular destination for British travellers for decades, with many tourists heading to Cairo for the Giza Pyramids, Luxor for its ancient sites and cruises down the Nile, and Sharm el Sheikh for its beaches and scuba diving in the Red Sea. The country’s hot climate, friendly hospitality, all-year-round sunshine and affordable luxury hotels and resorts have made it a firm favourite for families, couples and solo travellers. 

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