After the opening of regular flights between Moscow and Cairo, Egypt was visited by about 120 thousand tourists from Russia. This assessment was voiced by the general director of the company «VIP-service», adviser to the head of Rostourism Dmitry Gorin. “This figure looks frivolous when compared with other destinations — even Tunisia is going to receive 650 thousand guests, especially the former main competitor of Egypt, Turkey. But these are the first organized tourists after a long break, ”Dmitry Gorin emphasized. Note, before the closure of Egypt, in 2014 the number of Russian tourists in the country exceeded 3 million.
Recall that at the end of July, the Egyptian side again raised the issue of the return of Russian charters to Egypt after the issue was postponed until the World Cup-18. Investors and hotel business practitioners are sounding unambiguous warnings — the tourist flow, lost over the years of «revolutions», primarily from Eastern Europe and the CIS countries, is returning to the country. In such conditions, the Egyptian side considers the dragging out of the issue of restoring charters «absolutely unacceptable.» Experts note that the loading of Egyptian resorts — especially Hurghada — is really not bad, however, one cannot say that a shortage of seats awaits Russian tourists upon their return.
At the same time, the international media again began to focus the attention of their citizens on Egypt. For example, the French version of the well-known Forbes magazine published a material on Saturday that provided dozens of reasons why Egypt will lead tourism destinations in 2018. By the way, the magazine reminds that 8 years ago Egypt received more than 14.7 million tourists, while Paris in the same 2010 attracted only 8.2 million.However, after the explosion of a Russian plane over the Sinai in 2015, the tourist flow to Egypt fell to the lowest level up to 4.8 million guests. Nevertheless, this year Egypt is already forecasting over 8.3 million tourists!
According to the representative of the Association of Investors of the province of Atyfa Abdel Latyfa, Egypt expects at least an increase in the number of tourists from the United States, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, China and Japan. And the Russians, of course — in this connection, the lack of official information on negotiations on the resumption of charter flights to Egyptian resorts is of concern here. “We do not know why the lifting of the almost three-year ban on charter flights to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikhiz in Russia is delayed. We consider this unacceptable, especially in the conditions when the winter tourist season is approaching, «said Mohammed Abdel Maqsood, a member of the Egyptian parliamentary committee for tourism and sports, to RIA Novosti. The Egyptian authorities say that everything possible has been done and the country is confident in the security measures taken at the airports.
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