Holiday bookings to Egypt have surged since the British government announced that the Mediterranean and Northern African country was removed from the travel red list.
Rising global demand for holidays in Egypt has forced some travel agencies in the UK to delay or stop bookings and cancel itineraries to it, according to The Sun.
UK-based agency Discover Egypt revealed that it received a stop notice from Egyptian hotels and cruises for October 2022 since all of them are fully booked.
“We have been experiencing exceptional early this month demand for passports, in part due to a rise in holiday bookings.”
In a statement, the company’s commercial director said: “We have been getting stop notices from hotels and Nile cruises and not just for this October — I’m more concerned about next October.”
“We’re coming across stop notices because all the other countries, except the UK and one or two others, are sending people to Egypt in full flow,” he added.
Travel bosses and venues welcomed the changes and reported an increase in holiday bookings since the announcement.
Currently, the British families are booking up Egyptian hotels quickly after Egypt was taken off the UK’s red list earlier this month, with some travel agencies recording a 200% spike in holiday bookings.
Furthermore, the Egyptian hotels have seen a “surge in bookings” for family holidays from the UK during the October half-term.
It’s worth mentioning that Egypt had been placed on the UK’s red list since 8 June, which had deterred UK travelers from visiting Egypt due to the inconvenience and cost of a mandatory 10-day quarantine when reentering the UK.
Notably, Egypt was at risk of losing as much as EGP 31 millions in daily revenues had it remained on the list.