Egypt has long held a place in tourists’ imaginations as a land filled with ancient marvels from the pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings. However, continued unrest in the country since the start of the Arab Spring in 2011, has left many tourists hesitant about the prospect of holidaying in the North African country.
In an attempt to allay visitors’ fears and demonstrate just how far the country’s tourism industry has come amidst a background of continuing uprisings, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Mr. Hisham Zaazou has informed the world that "2014 will bring a renewed and reinvigorated interest in Egypt”. Speaking at the World Travel Market (WTM) earlier this week, Mr. Zaazou revealed that a total of 18 countries have lifted the travel advisory on Luxor and Aswan, and that Egypt still remains one of the top destinations for tourists to visit in the North African area. He said:
"Egypt ranks amongst the top destinations in the area; over a third of UK visitors have been to the country three times or more. Currently we are ranked as the top tourist destination across the Middle East and North Africa, accounting for up to 21.5% and 37.6% of tourism respectively.
“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." To give holidaymakers a clearer picture of what is happening on the ground; Mr. Zaazou revealed that the country was utilising visual technologies such as webcams and mobile apps.
Looking forward to 2014, it is hoped that British and Irish travellers will renew their interest in Egypt as a medium-haul historical, cultural and beach destination. “The destination's abundance of world-class tourism attractions will again see travellers choosing Egypt for their holidays year-round," Mr Zaazou added.
If you are planning a visit to Egypt or any other destination this year, it is important to secure single-trip travel insurance in advance.
Date Created: 07/11/2013