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Egypt expects EU travel warnings to be lifted soon, says minister

Egypt expects tourism revenues to exceed 20 billion pounds by the end of 2013. (File photo: Reuters)

Egypt expects several European countries to lift travel warnings on the country, helping tourism revenues rise above 20 billion pounds by the end of 2013, according to a senior minister.

Hisham Zaazou, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, said he expects the warnings to be lifted by the end of this month or in October.

Several European countries including Britain, Germany and France issued warnings against travelling to parts of Egypt following the violence in the country after the army ousted former President Mohammad Mursi.

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in August warned against all but essential travel to much of Egypt, except for the Red Sea resorts.

Zaazou said he plans to visit Russia, amid positive signs that a similar warning by that country may also be lifted.

The minister expressed hope that an extension of the emergency state in Egypt may not have an impact on the tourism sector.

Zaazou added that Egypt Air, the country’s national carrier, will offer preferential rates for Arab tourists. The airline will be scheduling new direct flights from cities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to iconic tourist sites such as Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, the minister said.

The minister said that more will be invested on advertising across various Gulf states to target tourists during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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Last Update: Thursday, 19 September 2013 KSA 17:06 - GMT 14:06
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