Turmoil strikes Egypt bookings

first_imgPolitical turmoil in Egypt has taken its toll on the industry, with travel agents, tour operators and wholesalers experiencing a reduction in bookings to the country. With public strikes against current leader President Hosni Mubarak continuing into its third week, operators back home said the situation in Egypt has slowed down tourism into the country. Jetaround Holidays managing director Zaia Andrew Bazi told e-Travel Blackboard the number of inquiries into Egypt have dropped to practically nothing over the past few weeks as violence and looting runs the country’s streets. “Why would you go to Egypt right now when you can’t go to and from the airport in Cairo,” Mr Bazi told e-Travel Blackboard. “All my bookings have been postponed… and [future] bookings don’t exist at the moment it has definitely quieted down.” While agents deal with the fall out in flights and accommodation, tour operators Sun Island Tours general manager John Polyviou told e-Travel Blackboard the company has experienced a reduced number of bookings as well as an influx of postponements. “Rather than cancelling, most [people] want to amend their bookings to later on in the year,” Mr Polyviou told e-Travel Blackboard. “For those who want to cancel bookings for trips in February we are offering a 100 percent refund but come March we will take it as it comes. “There are some people who are still booking Egypt even for the recent future, like within one or two months, but our bookings have dropped considerable.” Having recently evacuated the last of their customers on special chartered flights from Cairo Airport, wholesalers Peregrine and Gecko said in a statement that they have cancelled tours to Egypt for departures up to the end of March. The company said customers will be able to arrange alternative bookings or receive a full refund if they choose to cancel. Despite the public uproar, Egypt’s neighbouring country Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) has taken the opportunity to reassure travellers the dispute has not affected the rest of the region, which is still open to visitors. The JTB said that it was making an effort to clarify that Jordan remains a safe destination. “Tourists from all over the world continue to enjoy Jordan’s countless and priceless treasures, as well as its unique and internationally renowned hospitality,” JTB managing director Nayef Al-Fayez said. Jordan is home to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, archaeological city Petra. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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