British holidaymakers are returning to Egypt in droves this year، according to the Thomas Cook Holiday Report 2018، The independent reported.
The giant tour operator has sold 89 per cent more holidays to Egypt than at the same point in 2017.
The increase in numbers to Egypt means visitor numbers to the Red Sea are now close to where they were for Thomas Cook in 2015.
Thomas Cook said that 51 per cent of bookings for Egypt are for families.
The UK imposed a travel ban on direct flights to popular tourism resort Sharm El Sheikh following the downing of a Russian passenger plane over the troubled Sinai peninsula in October 2015, that killed everyone on board.
For the past two years, the Foreign Office travel advice has read: “The UK government will continue working with the Egyptian authorities to enable regular flights between the UK and Sharm el Sheikh to resume.
“We are also liaising with travel companies so that they are able to resume flights and holidays in Sharm el Sheikh as soon as appropriate security arrangements are in place.”
Because of the continuing ban, most British tourists stay in Hurghada and Marsa Alam, on the opposite shore of the Red Sea.
Noteworthy, According to a report released by Egypt’s official statistics body the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the total number of tourists who visited Egypt in January reached 712,342. Western European countries ranked first with a total of 220,719 tourists, a 47.3 percent jump compared to January 2017.