Egypt’s tourism has been on a downward spiral since the 2011 revolution. Only earlier this year, things started to take a positive turn after Russian President, Vladimir Putin, ordered to lift the travel ban to Egypt imposed in 2015.
The UK Foreign Office (FCO) currently advises against flying into Sharm El-Sheikh, yet on Saturday 11 at the World Travel and Tourism Council in UK, a British member of parliament, Stephen Timms, suggested lifting the travel ban. The president of the Egyptian-British Parliamentary Friendship Association’s commented on the issue during a meeting with the Egyptian Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat.
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At the International Travel Crisis Management Summit held at The Royal Institution of Britain, where I delivered the keynote highlighting how #Egypt’s tourism sector has managed challenges, the sector’s rebound and its importance as a major strategic pillar of the country’s economy. The conference was moderated by tourism expert Anita Mendiratta, President and Founder of Cachet Consulting and attended by 300 senior travel professionals from around the world.
The two-year suspension came after a Russian jet incident that ended with the death of 224 passengers. Multiple European countries UK restricted flights to Sharm El-Sheikh over security reasons. According to Timms, the association is working inside the House of Commons and the House of Lords to pressure the British government to lift Sharm El-Sheikh travel ban.