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drobert360

Spring 2.0 - Will the Tourists Return?

by drobert360 »

I can only go by the television set, but the scene, from a tourist perspective, looks encouraging. Will Egypt tourism regain its attraction again. Like many my family has been reluctant to travel to Egypt because of the political situation. Apparently the drop in tourism was widely felt and it hit the economy in a big, big way. My wife (we are just tourists not Egyptians) was tearful for today's events. We have enjoyed our visits in the past and look forward to a return of tourism opportunities. By the jubilation of the population on the street ... it appears that something even more than tourism is happening to the people.  Let us all be hopeful for both tourists and people of Egypt. What say you?

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arion

RE: Spring 2.0 - Will the Tourists Return?

by arion »

I watched BBC television coverage today of the hours leading up to the military coup and I was glad I had 10 days in Egypt 4 or 5 years ago.  Much will be happening in this tumultuous country over the next months or even years, and when it will be able to welcome tourists again will not be the number one problem.

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drobert360

RE: Spring 2.0 - Will the Tourists Return?

by drobert360 »

Like most people at the moment, we are hopeful but no means certain of the future. We do look forward to a time when we can re-visit (if and when it comes).

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LaylaWalidah

RE: Spring 2.0 - Will the Tourists Return?

by LaylaWalidah »

Few years ago there were some issues in Egypt. But right now the condition is very good. Most of the tourists visited there and came back very safely. Egypt is a very nice country everyone should visit. In last month of October I went there for a vacation and I am really happy with the service of exploregypt.net who guided me in every situation at the time of travel.

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slodude

RE: Spring 2.0 - Will the Tourists Return?

by slodude »

We just got back from our second trip to Egypt, the first being in 2008, before the 2011 revolution. This most recent tour was with Viking. To us, the security situation seems similar to 2008. Since a 1997 European tourist bus attack in Luxor, the Egyptian government has taken tourist security very seriously, as tourism is 15% of their economy. As in 2008, tour buses have an armed guard riding within the bus, and each bus is followed by a tourist police car containing 4 armed officers. There are numerous armed police check points on all roads, more frequent near and around tourist areas. Tourist sites, such as the Egypt Museum in Cairo, have concrete barriers surrounding building entrances and several layers of scanners, with a large police presence. Larger hotels have this level of security with explosive sniffing dogs and vehicle trunk and undercarriage inspections and limited ability of vehicles to approach the building. The security rivals US embassies. These measures were in place in 2008 and are not new since the revolution. There was essentially a military dictatorship in 2008, as there is today. We felt very secure during our entire trip. I walked for an hour through Aswan and felt very comfortable. I would not recommend independently traveling through Egypt today or in 2008, as only rare signs are written in Latin script and few Egyptian speak any English unless they are involved in the tourist industry. I would advise using a tour group, and our experience with Viking was excellent. Any visitor to Cairo, Paris, New York, or Copenhagen needs to have “situational awareness”. One needs to be aware of their surroundings and who is approaching them. Eyes open and brain turned on. Don't wait, go to Egypt. See the most ancient of civilizations. Be overwhelmed by the age, size, and grandeur of the temples, tombs, and pyramids. We have been to many interesting places all over the world. Egypt is number one on our list. GO TO EGYPT, NOW!!

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Mohammedyoussef

RE: Spring 2.0 - Will the Tourists Return?

by Mohammedyoussef »

O Egipto é um país muito bonito. É seguro para mulheres viajando. Eu tenho uma experiência para o Egito visitado no mês de dezembro. Foi gostei muito naquele tempo com minha família. Então não se preocupe eu pulava está a gostar muito. Eu sei uma boa agência de viagens Descobriregipto.com; disponibilizam-lhe conselhos de viagem excelente pelo seu tempo de viagem.

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