Egypt is exploring new methods to lure vacationers after battle reduce off Russia and Ukraine, two of its most profitable markets, together with probably bringing Russians via third nations if sanctions allowed, its deputy Tourism Minister mentioned.
“Those were our two biggest markets with no doubt, and both are hit,” Ghada Shalaby mentioned. “Of course, it is a major loss” of income. Egypt has been working at rising vacationers from Western Europe, together with Britain, Germany, Spain, France and Italy, in addition to Hungary and Gulf Arab nations, particularly forward of Ramadan and Easter subsequent month, she informed Reuters.
One concern is the rise in gasoline costs since Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24, making flights and tourism packages dearer, Shalaby mentioned. Tourism earned Egypt USD 2.8 billion within the three months to end-September, the newest determine accessible, in accordance with central financial institution information. Egypt doesn’t launch figures for the variety of vacationers or the quantity of income earned from particular person nations.
One possibility to draw Russians is perhaps to permit them to return by way of Turkey, Shalaby mentioned. “That’s one of the options that we’re looking at, but it’s not the only one. Our colleagues at civil aviation are studying all the opportunities towards this sanctions situation, and we’re looking to hear some positive news.”
In the meantime Egypt has been receiving empty flights from Russia to deliver residence Russian vacationers caught in Egypt. It has additionally been providing Ukrainians stranded in Egypt passage to Poland, Hungary or nations which have opened their borders to Ukrainians. Some of those have been on Egyptian flights headed to nations bordering Ukraine to choose up Egyptian college students who had fled from the battle. Up to twenty,000 Ukrainian vacationers in Egypt had been stranded by the battle, principally at resorts on the Red Sea, Ukraine’s ambassador to Cairo mentioned final week.