Back to Sharm

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There are some rather relieved people in Egyptian tourism today after the UK Foreign Office lifted its ban on flights into Sharm-el-Sheikh.

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Egyptians look forward to welcoming Britons back to Sharm

Readers will know that there has been an effective ban on Britons travelling to Red Sea resort since the October 2015 terrorist attack on a Russian plane carrying holidaymakers back from Sharm.

The British government is now happy with the level of security that had been introduced into Sharm such as CCTV, more police patrols and increased police security at the airport so we can return.

The Egyptian tourism minister, Rania A Al Mashat tweeted quickly after the announcement, “Welcome back to Sharm el Sheikh. Our Friends…You’ve been missed.”

Almost as immediately as the minister’s tweet, TUI announced that it would operate flights to the area this winter

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Sharm should be a winter sun destination but it also attract a  summer contingent which is happy to bask in temperature averaging about 37 or 38 degrees. In the winter months the average barely drops below about 22 degrees.

Will there be some bargains to be had by holidaymakers as the flights resume? Probably there won’t be any introductory sales but staying in Sharm over winter can be relatively inexpensive. What holidaymakers may want to keep their eyes open for are for any sales to destinations that might be considered competitive such as Morocco, Tunisia, and especially Turkey.   

Although advice remains in place warning Britons not to travel to some parts of Egypt, the tourist areas that we tend to visit are now all open.

What Egypt will be waiting for now is for British tourist numbers to exceed the 480,000 or so that visited last year and to reach the numbers before Sharm was removed from our holiday destinations.

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