The demonstrations in Egypt have emptied the hotels and cruise ships, but the tourists are returning and most Egyptians hope the recovery will be quick. A large number of the population works in the tourism industry. There is hope that in the long run the revolution and its outcome will boost business.

With its year-round warm beaches and wealth of antiquities from the Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic – Islamic ages along with Contemporary art, Egypt has much to offer the tourist. Accounting for over a tenth of the GDP, Egypt earns over $10 billion from tourism annually.

Hotel occupancy Egypt sank after the unrest erupted on January 25th. Meaning that Egypt lost at least $1 billion in this important industry that employs one out of every 7 citizens.

Many countries including the US and Canada issued travel warnings to Egypt, causing the tourism industry to collapse for the short term. These are starting to be lifted so it is hoped tourism can get back on track. All the Tourist Sites such as the Egyptian Museum, the Saqqara and Giza Pyramids in Greater Cairo are open and look forward to entertaining the thousands of daily visitors they have in the past. Other sites and the Nile Cruises in upper Egypt including the Karnak temple and the world famous Valley of the Kings are waiting for the visitors to return.

Having just returned myself from a month in Egypt. Everything was back to normal. I was there 18 months ago before the demonstrations, and the only things I noticed different were that there was little security at the Royal Place (of course Mubarak is gone) and new businesses popping up everywhere. These entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the new beginning with no bribes in order to get a business license.

As a tour operator to Egypt we see this as the beginning of progress and improvements to bring the industry up to modern day standards. It should be noted this is not an excuse to treat Egypt as a discount destination due to the demonstrations. Prices have not reduced at the sites or Hotels and to enjoy a quality tour of Egypt you get what you pay for.

After 30 years of Dictatorship the country now has an opportunity to modernize and set new standards for its tourism industry. The people of Egypt are wonderful warm hearted people who make the most of what has been repressive living conditions. It is hoped that this new era will give them hope and opportunities they have never had before.

Tourism is a fragile industry easily shaken by various events, both natural disasters and man made problems. We believe that there will be a pent up desire to go to Egypt, to many it is the dream vacation one they have dreamed of from hearing the history in school. Our clients tell us their trip was the dream of a lifetime. Egypt offers history and sites that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Tourism has started to return. Tourism supports the Egyptian population. Visit Egypt soon, there is nothing to compare. There is only one Egypt.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Avril Betts, I have over 25 years experience in all aspects of Travel and Tourism. I hold a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator). Along with my partner Khaled Azzam we own A-Z Tours and Action Travel in North America along with Travelocity Travel Egypt in Cairo, Egypt.

I have co-chaired Atlantic Canada Showcase an International Travel Trade Show, managed 450 volunteers for the Tall Ships Visit in July 2000, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. In 1996 I hosted the president’s wives luncheon for the G7 conference. In 1988 I founded the Country Inn Association in Nova Scotia.

As an experienced speaker I have presented seminars for many years on subjects ranging from Marketing and Sales and Life Skills to Tourism, Travel and Real Estate, and operating an online Travel business.

I enjoy working with tourists to pass on my knowledge to help our clients make the most of their vacations. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or travel inquiries.

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