Egypt Pyramids of Giza Adobestock John Smith

AITO urges calm after Egypt blast

AITO chairman, Derek Moore, has released a statement following a roadside bomb exploded in Egypt over the weekend.

The bomb targeted a tourist bus outside a museum that is under construction in the al-Haram district, near the Pyramids of Giza, with at least 16 people, including some South African nationals, injured. 

“There is no doubt that it’s a setback for Egypt, just as things seemed to be settling down somewhat – but it’s important to remember that this attack is in an area that represents but a small section of the enormous range of cultural treasures and sites of what is a large country," Mr Moore said.  “Terrorism is something that we’ve all lived with for a long time now, unfortunately – at home and when travelling abroad. Discussing this with fellow Council Member of AITO Jono Vernon Powell from Nomadic Thoughts, we agreed that, aside from the tragedy heaped upon innocent tourists and local stakeholders, the resilience of destinations is very encouraging. In the last year we have seen terrorist attacks in tourist destinations such as Indonesia, Belgium, Jordan, Holland, Egypt, Australia, Morocco, Kenya, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Unless there is a subsequent FCO Travel advice warning against ‘all but non-essential travel’, by and large - in AITO’s experience, as well as across the wider travel industry - these destinations have bounced back remarkably quickly.

“The truth is, we think, that the public has become more aware of the statistically very low chances of being involved in such an incident, and less guided by terrorist sensationalism and wall-to-wall media coverage. Personally, I am confident that the Egyptian authorities are doing everything they can to minimise the chance of any repeat incidents; they understand, of course, the vital need to give confidence both to visitors and to the Governments of those countries from which tourists travel to visit Egypt,” he added.

AITO has 12 member companies which organise trips to Egypt.

At the time of writing, no individual or organisation had claimed responsibility for the blast, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice for tourists to Egypt has not been updated. The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the North Sinai governate, except for the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, where security was stepped up considerably after the 2005 terror attack. Additionally, the FCO advises against all but essential travel to the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, apart from the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and the resort town of Marsa Matruh on the Mediterranean coast. Crowded places and gatherings, including in and around religious sites and during religious festivals, should also be avoided, and extra care taken on local holiday weekends, according to the FCO. However, the FCO says that most visits to Egypt are "trouble-free".


More News...

SAS announces direct flig…

SAS announces direct flights to Scandinavian Mountains Airport from UK

Scandinavian Airlines has announced the only direct flights between the UK, from London Heathrow, and the new Scandinavian Mountains Airport for this winter.

John Herrington announced…

John Herrington announced as keynote speaker to Brand USA Travel Week

Brand USA has announced John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut, as one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural Brand USA Travel Week Europe in London from September 9-13.

Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay…

Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay to open doors in 2020 post renovation

Rixos Hotels has signed an agreement to manage its largest all-inclusive luxury resort on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera.

St Lucia hotel Cap Maison…

St Lucia hotel Cap Maison launches 'Chasing Food & Rum' package

To celebrate International Rum Day on August 16, Cap Maison in St Lucia is launching a ‘Chasing Food & Rum’ package.

Saga welcomes new busines…

Saga welcomes new business development manager to trade team

Saga Travel has welcomed Natasha Jones as the new business development manager to trade team this week.

China Southern Airlines' …

China Southern Airlines' first aircraft with Recaro seats takes off

The first China Southern Airlines' aircraft fully equipped with Recaro seats made its maiden flight on July 3, flying from Guangzhou to Shanghai Hongqiao.

Sonoma County Tourism unv…

Sonoma County Tourism unveils agent training programme

Sonoma County Tourism has launched its first-ever training platform that will certify travel professionals as Sonoma County destination experts.

Expedia TAAP celebrates m…

Expedia TAAP celebrates milestone of 15 million bookings

Expedia TAAP (Travel Agent Affiliate Program) is celebrating as it reached a milestone of 15 million cumulative trips booked on its platform.

Titan Travel busts river …

Titan Travel busts river cruise myths

Earlier this year, Titan Travel carried out research to get a better understanding of how its customers perceive river cruising.

UNICO 20°87°'s volunteer …

UNICO 20°87°'s volunteer programme links guests with the local community

UNICO 20°87° has introduced a new 'Vacation with a Cause' programme which allows guests at the hotel to make an impact on the everyday lives of those in the surrounding...

Kuoni's Far East collecti…

Kuoni's Far East collection on sale now

Kuoni's Far East collection is on sale now for September 2019 to December 2020 holidays.

Ponant to acquire Paul Ga…

Ponant to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises

Ponant has announced its plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Prev Next

twn Are you sure that you want to switch to desktop version?