Travel Firms Cancel Trips To Egypt Due To Violence

Travel Firms Cancel Trips To Egypt Due To Violence

From BBC

Europe’s largest tour operator TUI has cancelled all holidays bought by German customers to Egypt until mid-September.

The move comes in the wake of the country’s escalating violence, following advice from the German government.

TUI’s rival, Thomas Cook, also announced similar measures for its German customers.

The two companies said holidaymakers who are already in Egypt will be able to stay until the end of their trips.

TUI operates as Thomson in the UK.

Thomson said bookings for its British customers to the Red Sea resorts could go ahead as planned at the moment, adding that the “safety of our customers is always our number one priority”.

Thomas Cook has cancelled all excursions from the Red Sea resorts to the tourist areas of Cairo, Luxor, Moses Mountain and Saint Catherine’s monastery.

“Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada are fully operational and holidaymakers are continuing to enjoy these popular resorts,” a spokesperson for Thomas Cook said.

Red Sea calm

Germany’s Foreign Ministry advised against all travel to Egypt “in view of the current situation and the unpredictability of developments”.

Travelers are especially being warned to avoid Cairo and the main tourist centers in Egypt, such as Luxor, Assuan and the Nile Delta.

Those staying in the resorts on the Red Sea, which are about an eight-hour drive from Cairo, could remain, as the situation there is still calm, the German foreign ministry said.

Read more at BBC.