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The WOW factor

To go or not to go, that is the question.

Zoe Betchley April 29, 2014

The Sphinx

I’m not going to begin to detail the politics behind the unrest in Egypt but merely point out the obvious, that this has been in the news on and off for years and more so in the last eighteen months. However, from a tourism point of view, travelling to Egypt has never been as good value for money as it is right now.

Whilst the unrest has put some people off visiting Egypt, things have now quietened down and Egypt needs tourism to boom as quickly as possible.
It’s fair to say that security is still more heightened throughout the country and its resorts at the moment but in my opinion, this always makes you feel that bit safer. You wouldn’t want to walk through an airport and not see a security guard or police officer, for obvious reasons, would you? 
There is an assumption that the unrest took place throughout the country. However, demonstrations were predominantly taking place in pocketed areas of Cairo and just outside of Luxor. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against “all but essential travel to this area”. 
At the time, we had customers in Luxor and when they were advised that an evacuation was necessary by our Logistics Team, some of our customers were reluctant to leave and cut their holiday short because they had not encountered any protests or unrest. They simply believed it was an overreaction, although they later understood that we were doing it with them in mind. I am pleased to say that the advice has now changed. Cairo has now opened up, Luxor has the green light and the never affected Red Sea destinations are welcoming visitors with open arms. 
The fact is that in order to see the incredible sites of the Pyramids at Giza, the Sphinx and the fascinating Egyptian Museum, you don't need to travel through the centre of Cairo at all. And if Cairo isn’t your bag, then the Red Sea resorts (just six hours drive from Cairo) of Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Dahab, to name a few, have remained undisturbed. The sea is, honestly, the clearest I have seen in the world (having snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef!), and you can reach the coral reefs from the shoreline or jetty off the beach.
I do believe the country has been tainted with recent news reports and hasn’t fairly shown what this remarkable country has to offer. So, perhaps use this as your own check list:
Sunny weather year round...Check
All Inclusive Resorts, so no additional spend whilst you’re on holiday...Check
Great for snorkelling and diving...Check
Amazing historical sites, such as the pyramids and sphinx...Check
Championship golf courses...Check
Long stretches of beaches...Check
Relaxing Nile cruises to take in the sites...Check
If you can tick anything from the list above then it is more than likely that Egypt is for you. Certainly from my perspective; it is very appealing to pack my bag and enjoy the sun as temperatures are reaching the early 30s. The good news is, at the moment, it is more affordable than ever! 
With hotel savings of up to 50% in five-star All Inclusive hotels it is the perfect time to get away. Be warned though, the UK consumer is becoming savvy, so booking now will secure availability; these discounts will not last for long.
So, what are you waiting for?