A log cabin in Hurghada in a picture uploaded on March 8, 2016 – CC via Pixabay/nrxfly A log cabin in Hurghada in a picture uploaded on March 8, 2016 – CC via Pixabay/nrxfly

Egypt’s attractions and prices lure Dutch, British, German travelers

Sat, Mar. 17, 2018
CAIRO - 17 March 2017: Dutch, British, and German tourists have shown increased demand for trips to Egypt since January, with expectations that their bookings to the North African country will keep rising.

Flights to Egypt doubled with Turkish airline Corendon, reported Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad on Tuesday based on figures from the Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR). Holidays are requested at such pace that booking in the high seasons are expected to be sold out by April.

Meanwhile, hoteliers in Spain are planning to lower their prices as British and German tourists have shown higher interest in Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, the three of which offer much lower prices than Spain, in addition to their much-liked attractions.

Bookings for Egypt have increased by 61 percent, Spanish tour operators were told at the ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which lasted from March 7-11, Spanish news website Ultima Hora reported on March 10.

In Germany, Alltours revealed a double-digit sales increase in summer holiday sales with heavy demand on Egypt, Turkey and Greece, according to a March 14 report by FVW, a German tourism magazine.

FTI reported a similar increase driven by sales for the three countries. Schauinsland-Reisen expected a growth in customer numbers of 10 percent in 2018, thanks to the same countries. The tour agency said demand for Egypt increased by 50 percent compared to the same time last year.

Germany’s TUI and Thomas Cook also said there is a “clear” increase in bookings for Egypt.

Egypt devalued its currency in November 2016, giving the dollar and the euro more than a double of their value before the pound. At the same time, Egyptian hoteliers have been reducing their prices to attract more tourists, and the country’s tourism sector have been improving services and expanding beach and cultural attractions along the Red Sea, in Luxor and Aswan and in Cairo.

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