All last week — during the second Egyptian «revolution», tourists planning their trip to this country on vacation began to use the service of webcams 2 times more actively, broadcasting the situation from hotels in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.
“Potential tourists, concerned about the safety of rest in Egypt, in connection with the events taking place in the country, have become much more likely to turn to webcams as a source of the most objective and reliable information. This is due to the fact that webcams allow you to monitor the real situation in hotels around the clock and make sure that everything is calm at the resorts, ”the press service of the tour operator“ Biblio Globus ”told the TURPROM newsgroup correspondent.
We add that our tourists have not yet reacted in any way to the political upheavals in Egypt. “We have no cancellations at all. It is also surprising that demand did not fall. Tourists have traveled to Egypt and continue to travel, ”said Ismail Bolyukbashy, commercial director of NTK Intourist. The expert named new special offers with extremely favorable prices, which are now coming from hotels in Egypt, as the main reason for attracting tourists. A similar situation with sales in TUI. “We do not have a decline in sales due to political instability in Egypt, demand remains at the same level as before the exacerbation of the situation, the level of sales has not changed at all,” commented Natalya Novikova, head of the PR department of the tour operator TUI. She separately emphasized that the tour operator monitors the situation in the resorts on its own, and while there is no tension there, only excursions to Luxor and Cairo have been canceled. “However, we strongly recommend that tourists refrain from independent trips outside the resort areas, avoid areas of mass protests and social tension,” added the source.
At the same time, travel agency networks have recorded a significant drop in demand for tours to Egypt in the last week. So, according to the travel agency network OnlineTour, today search queries for holidays in Egypt amounted to 12.6% of the total mass, which corresponds to a daily decrease of 7% (this figure was 16.5% on June 27). “During these seven days, there was a daily decrease in demand for recreation in the resort areas of Egypt. Thus, the overall decline in demand for this country amounted to 25% per week, ”the press service of the network noted. And according to the «Shop of Last Minute Tours», the demand fell even more significantly. “The demand for Egypt has actually dropped to zero, and almost no one is requesting current races. There are only timid registrations for September-October, but not earlier, ”noted Sergei Agafonov, CEO of the MGP network.
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