Published on : Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tourism industry in Egypt got a bolt from the blue, when EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed and killed 66 people. The tourism industry chiefs are trying their level best to make sure that the British tourists come back. The recent air crash might have injected some senses in the minds of the tourism chiefs. They have understood that the shaken national economy can only be restored to its previous state if they let the UK and Russian flights to bring bulk of British and Russian tourists into the country, just as before.
The entire economy of Egypt depends vastly upon the tourism industry as one-tenth of Egypt’s population is associated with the tourism industry.
Egypt lost 46% visitors in March’16 in comparison to the number of visitors that they received last year. Just when Sharm el Sheikh banned UK and Russian flights to land there, Red Sea resort started to show a steep decline in the number of visitors.
At present, Ukrainian, Swiss, Slovakian, and Belorussian tourists are flooding down the hotels and restaurants after they are getting huge discounts.
Hesham Gabr, the chairman of Camel Dive Club and Hotel commented, “There is no doubt it has had a huge impact. Our business was halved overnight. We had not only EasyJet coming in every week but Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson flights. They sold seats, not just packages. Germany now says it is safe to fly here. I hope that the British will come back soon, I would urge them to. We have had to diversify, look at other markets, like Saudi Arabia and the Emirate states, to fill the gap.”
Many a hotels are offering all-inclusive packages on 50% or more discounts. But, the recent circumstances are suggesting that those offers and discounts won’t be enough to bring the economy back up if the Brits still abandon them.