Tourism in Egypt's Red Sea - File photo Tourism in Egypt's Red Sea - File photo

Full board, plane tickets from Cairo to Moscow for $650

Sat, Dec. 30, 2017
CAIRO – 30 December 2017: Egypt is preparing new plans to attract Russian tourists to Red Sea resorts. Especially after discussions between Russia and Egypt to possibly return charter flights between the two countries as early as next spring, according to Russian Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov.

An Egyptian-Russian cooperation protocol for maintaining civil aviation security was signed on December 15 during a meeting between Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi and Sokolov in Moscow, Egypt’s Aviation Ministry said in a statement.

The protocol intends to resume flights between Cairo and Moscow for the first time since 2015, beginning in February 2018, the statement added.

Tourism in the Red Sea - File photo

Khalil said that a seven-day trip to Egyptian resorts, including full board accommodation at 4-star hotels and the plane tickets between Cairo and Moscow, will cost $650, Mostafa Khalil, Egyptian vice president of the Federation of Tourism Chambers, told the Russian Information Agency Novosti on Thursday.

Khalil added that direct flights between Cairo and Moscow will start again in February, and that direct flights could attract 300,000 tourists from Russia in 2018, not only to Red Sea resorts, but also to more cultural distinctions.

“About 100,000 Russian tourists visited Egypt in 2017, although there weren’t direct flights, as they do prefer Egyptian resorts, and Russian tourists are considered our best customers since the 1990s,” Khalil said

He also expects the tourism sector in Egypt to regain its strength starting next year. Rates of Russian tourists are expected to increase during winter 2019-2020.

Tourism in Egypt's Red Sea

Former Aviation Minister Wael El-Madawi told Egypt Today that tourism depends on charter flights, which will be discussed in a new round of negotiations in March and April 2018.

Madawi said that matters will gradually improve as Egyptian authorities work to provide assistance to tourists arriving from abroad. Russian tourists, as well as visitors from around the world, are expected to increase in the coming year; Madawi says this is something Egypt must be prepared for.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017 - REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Egypt earlier this month, which was his second official visit to Egypt since President Sisi assumed power in 2014.

In a joint press conference held in Cairo, Putin said that he discussed speeding up the resumption of direct passenger flights, which were halted between both states since 2015.

He added that Russia is ready to resume direct passenger flights to Egypt. He further praised the “major steps” Egypt has taken to upgrade security measures at its airports.
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