British tourists flocking to Egypt: Report
British holidaymakers take advantage of cheaper deals in Red Sea resorts in the wake of the civil unrest in places like Cairo.
London: While those from many western
countries stay away, British tourists are reportedly flocking
to Egypt despite the resurgence of civil unrest in which at
least 14 protesters were shot dead by police in Cairo.
Flights are still almost full as British holidaymakers
take advantage of cheaper deals in Red Sea resorts such as
Sharm el Sheikh in the wake of the civil unrest in places like
Cairo, the `Sunday Express` quoted tourism chiefs as saying.
Egyptian authorities have announced incentives for
charter operators in a bid to thwart the tourism crisis that
has followed January`s revolution, jeopardising an industry
worth 11 per cent of the country`s output.
The Foreign Office has not warned against travel to Egypt
but urges Britons to avoid Cairo where tension is mounting.
"The situation is volatile and changing rapidly. There
is a high risk of indiscriminate attacks on public places
frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers," a Foreign
Office spokesman was quoted as saying.
Yet resort destinations such as Sharm el Sheikh and
Hurghada, 300 miles away, are unaffected.
Neil Garner, of the Monarch Travel Group, said: "Our
figures for November show that Britons are still flocking to
the Red Sea, though Europeans and Russians seem to be staying
away. Flights to Sharm have been 97 per cent full."
Khaled Rami, director of the Egyptian Tourist Office for
the UK and Ireland, said most of the country was safe, adding:
"If you look at Tahrir Square you would think all of Egypt is
burning, but only in the way that anybody outside of the UK
who saw footage of the August riots would think all the UK was