Cox & Kings is resuming its holidays to Egypt following the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) decision to lift its advice against non-essential travel to the country.
In a statement, the tour operator said that clients who had their holidays to Egypt cancelled, but would like to reinstate their booking, should contact their Cox & Kings tour consultant or travel agent. We will be delighted to rebook all the relevant services, subject to availability.
The statement said that coming weeks should present a wonderful and rare opportunity to experience the great sites of the Nile valley without the usual number of visitors.
A recent survey by portal Easyvoyage indicated that Egypt is bouncing back with over 50% of UK respondents saying they would visit within the year.
Tunisia unfortunately is not experiencing the same recovery with 80% of those questioned saying they would not visit in the near future.
As the FCO relaxes its travel advice, both destinations are offering great deals to entice back the UK holidaymaker. Prices to Egypt are starting at around £299 per person for seven nights with Thomas Cook and a bargain £185 to Tunisia with Airtours.
There are also bargains to be had as the Mediterranean is picking up bookings from those who have been put off Egypt and Tunisia. Tour operators report that Spain, Greece and Turkey in particular are experiencing a rise in bookings.
Jean-Pierre Nadir, founding president, Easyvoyage: Britons, especially those travelling with children are always on the look out for new destinations but as always, the price tag is incredibly important. All inclusives remain popular and holidaymakers are benefitting from great deals this summer. Our survey shows that Egypt will bounce back relatively quickly, helped by the fact that the popular Red Sea resorts remain largely unaffected. Unfortunately Tunisia will take longer, knowledge of the destination is less and potential holidaymakers are being enticed elsewhere.
Over half of the participants questioned who said they would not go to Tunisia in the near future sight lack of information on the destination as the main reason, rather than the recent troubles.