Japanese, Indian, French tourists return to Aswan



Mon, 08 Oct 2018 - 09:48 GMT


Mon, 08 Oct 2018 - 09:48 GMT

A number of tourists witnessing the Sun Festibal at Abu Simpel temple in Aswan - photo

A number of tourists witnessing the Sun Festibal at Abu Simpel temple in Aswan - photo

CAIRO – 8 October 2018: In the past few years, Aswan has suffered from the absence of Japanese, Indian and French tourists due to political reasons, but in 2018 tourism has returned thanks to the government's efforts, a source told Egypt Today.

The source added that 2018 witnessed a huge number of tourists in Aswan’s street in addition to the increase in the number of Nile tours. He said that the price of one Nile tour has reached $50 up from $30.

For his side, tourist expert and owner of a cruise ship in Aswan Ashraf Farag told Egypt Today that this season is better than the last one, explaining that it is expected that the number of cruise ships increase during the mid-year vacation.

Head of the Tourism Companies Chamber in Aswan Abdul Hadi Mohamed also confirmed that the occupancy rate of hotels has increased compared to last year, where Abu Simbel Hotels received during the past few days about 1800 guests.

Earlier in September, Luxor received the first charter direct flight from the Heathrow Airport, carrying 120 Britons, according to Major-General Hesham Issa, the director of Luxor International Airport.

In August, Turkish airlines announced that it will start sending flights to Luxor directly. The first flights will start in October 2019.

Luxor and Aswan are probably the two most popular and important touristic destinations in Egypt. However, to arrive in Luxor, tourists had to first land in Cairo International Airport and then take another internal flight to Luxor. Egypt needed a faster, direct route to Luxor so that tourists are encouraged to come.

These direct routes will solve the problems tourists face when planning their visits which will, in turn, improve tourism in Egypt. It is worth noting that Turkish Airlines is considered cheap compared to other airlines; this will be even more encouraging for tourists who are suffering financially but are still looking for a good vacation.



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