Egyptian Tourism News

UK government urged to lift Sharm el Sheikh flight ban

UK government urged to lift Sharm el Sheikh flight ban

Industry heavyweights the World Travel & Tourism Council and the World Tourism Organisation have added their voices to calls on the UK government to lift the current ban on UK-based airlines flying to Sharm el Sheikh. In a letter to UK prime minister Theresa May, WTTC president David Scowsill and UNWTO general secretary Taleb Rifai stressed the importance of resuming operations to the Egyptian coastal resort as the current travel advisory is having devastating effects on the country’s economy and social stability.

Egyptian parliamentary group calls for Sharm el-Sheikh flight decision

Egyptian parliamentary group calls for Sharm el-Sheikh flight decision

Following a recent trip to Sharm el-Sheikh, the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Egypt has urged the British government to take a swift decision on lifting the ban on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh. Gerald Howarth also said, in a recent TV interview, that a representative of the department for transport “felt that the conditions had been met to enable flights to resume”.

Germany lifts luggage restrictions on Sharm el Sheikh routes

Germany lifts luggage restrictions on Sharm el Sheikh routes

12th May 2016 Airline News Tourism News

Egyptian minister of tourism, Yehia Rashed, has welcomed an announcement that the German government will lift their luggage restrictions to Sharm el Sheikh. In a statement he said: “This is wonderful news for German tourists and for Egyptian tourism. “This will enable even more German tourists to visit our country and will be very welcome news for Sharm el Sheikh.”

Breaking Travel News interview: Mohamed Yehia Rashed, minister of tourism, Republic of Egypt

Breaking Travel News interview: Mohamed Yehia Rashed, minister of tourism, Republic of Egypt

6th May 2016 Focus

At the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2016 held at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Phil Blizzard had the opportunity to conduct a video interview with Mohamed Yehia Rashed, the new minister of tourism for the Republic of Egypt. These are the key aspects from that interview which started with a statement from the minister on their key message in terms of growing the tourism industry.

Egypt launches 6x6 Tourism Impact Plan as sector struggles

Egypt launches 6x6 Tourism Impact Plan as sector struggles

The new Egyptian minister of tourism, Yehia Rashed, has announced his plan - the ‘6x6 Tourism Impact Plan’ - to fundamentally enhance Egyptian tourism and to revive the fortunes of the critical tourism sector. Egyptian tourism has been in the doldrums following a series of terrorist attacks in the country and wider unrest across the Middle East and North Africa in recent months.

Thomas Cook cancels summer departures to Sharm el Sheikh

Thomas Cook cancels summer departures to Sharm el Sheikh

Thomas Cook has cancelled all departures to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh until at least October 31st. The tour operator had previously said the security situation in the Red Sea resort would see all holidays cancelled or postponed until May 25th. However, with no change to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice with regards to travel to Sharm el Sheikh airport, Thomas Cook took the decision to extend the black out.

UNWTO bets on Egyptian tourism recovery

UNWTO bets on Egyptian tourism recovery

UNWTO secretary general, Taleb Rifai, has expressed the organisations’ full confidence in the recovery of tourism in Egypt during a recent visit to the country. On the occasion, Rifai met with Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in the presence of the Egyptian minister of tourism, Hisham Zaazou. The resident reiterated his full support to the tourism sector and its utmost determination in ensuring that Egypt is a safe, attractive and leading tourism destination saying “if tourism recovers, Egypt will recover”.