During a recent press conference at World Travel Market (WTM), Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou confirmed that 18 countries had “lifted the travel advisory on Luxor and Aswan.”
He added that over a third of UK visitors had been to the country three times or more, with Egypt currently ranked as the top tourist destination across the Middle East and North Africa.
Mr Zaazou said: “As soon as the FCO revises its travel advice for the UK, we will work tirelessly with our valued media, travel agent and tour operator partners to communicate that the whole of Egypt is open.”
Looking to the future Mr. Zaazou added: “We’re embracing real-time online communications by utilising the latest visual technologies such as webcams and mobile apps to show exactly what is happening on the ground in Egypt now.
“2014 will bring a renewed and reinvigorated interest in Egypt as the ideal medium-haul historical, cultural and beach destination for British and Irish travellers. The destination’s abundance of world-class tourism attractions will again see travellers choosing Egypt for their holidays year-round.”
In 2014, the Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) will plough its efforts into ensuring that the UK travel industry is kept up-to-date on all the latest tourism developments in Egypt.
Red Sea resorts Sharm El Sheikh and El Hurghada are among the country’s most popular destinations for British timeshare owners, with a number of top hoteliers operating in the region.
There are a number of new developments already in the pipeline for Egypt in the next couple of years, including:
El Gouna Watersports Complex – Set to be one of the world’s largest cable water parks, the new complex will combine world-class water sports facilities with a new leisure and entertainment venue
Ancient Sands Golf Resort – Orascom Development is opening a new five-star, luxury apartment hotel as part of the new Ancient Sands Golf Resort. The hotel complex will offer 261 apartments in total, with 114 apartments opening with the hotel in April 2014.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Cairo – Cairo will welcome a new Ritz Carlton Hotel in 2014.