Egyptian Travel Shifts to Mediterranean, India, and East AfricaMar 5th, 2011 | By Sue Gonzales | Category: Travel
The political chaos in Egypt has led many travelers to reroute their vacations to the Mediterranean, East Africa, and India, Travel Weekly reported Friday. Meanwhile some travelers are planning to postpone trips to Egypt until after the situation settles down, while others are already testing the waters.
Central Holidays executive vice president of sales and marketing Fabio Sembiante says that many of his company’s clients have rebooked their Egyptian holidays this spring for Turkey, as well as Greece and Cyprus.
Ya’lla Tours president Ronen Paldi similarly describes bookings to Turkey and Greece increasing between 30% and 40% since the Egyptian crisis, while bookings to Israel have also increased about 20%.
Meanwhile Abercrombie & Kent USA media relations manager Jean Fawcett reports that in comparison to February 2010, bookings to India have increased more than 300%, travel to Kenya has risen 88%, and trips to Kenya are up over 50%.
Other travelers have merely postponed planned trips to Egypt. Some tourism is already starting to trickle back in.
“Basically, those who had planned to travel and who have made the mental decision to travel, will travel sooner or later,” Paldi explained.
The tourism industry is one of the biggest sectors of the Egyptian economy. In 2010 Egypt’s tourism industry brought 14.7 million visitors who spent $11 billion, creating 11 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and employing about 12.5 percent of the nation’s workforce.