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Sunday, 26 September 2021

British tourists are filling up Egyptian hotels a year in advance

Rising global demand for holidays in Egypt has left some travel agencies in the UK unable to make bookings, the UK Sun reports. UK-based agency Discover Egypt said that it received a stop notice from Egyptian hotels and cruises for October 2022 due to being fully booked. “We have been getting stop notices from hotels and Nile cruises and not just for this October — I’m more concerned about next October,” the company’s commercial director said. “We’re coming across stop notices because all the other countries, except the UK and one or two others, are sending people to Egypt in full flow.”

The British are booking up Egyptian hotels quickly after Egypt was taken off the UK’s red list earlier this month, with some travel agencies recording a 200% spike in holiday bookings. Egypt had been placed on the UK’s red list since 8 June, had deterred UK travellers from visiting Egypt due to the inconvenience and cost of a mandatory 10-day quarantine when reentering the UK. Egypt was at risk of losing as much as EGP 31 mn in daily revenues had it remained on the list.

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