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africa Abercrombie & Kent’s family tours include tomb visits, costume parties and scavenger hunts. EGYPT’S antiquity attractions are eternal Line them all up—wars, weather, politics, global financial stresses and internal cultural and socio-economic strife—nothing, absolutely nothing, changes the eternal tourism appeal of Egypt. T rick shively This ancient citadel of mystery and magical history is a marvel repository of ancient queens and pharaohs and their stupefying feats of architecture and science. Even with today’s challenges of global recession, regional revolution and a corresponding drop of tourism from North America, Egypt is clamoring its way back, supported by a loyal group of tour operators and river cruise companies determined to stick it out, and buoyed by their confidence in the destination’s never-ending tourism appeal, not to mention the promise of a growing number of savvy travelers putting their unnecessary fears aside and eager to take advantage of the great pricing and fewer crowds. Despite all the wariness on the part of North American travelers concerned about the civil strife that followed the successful revolution, the numbers are coming back, says Mohammed Hagazy, director of North America, Egypt Tourism Authority, citing more than 150,000 North American visitors in 2011, all enjoying the best that Egypt has to offer at unheard of pricing. And while today’s tourism numbers fall far short of the 17 million global visitors in 2010, once travelers become aware that their fears are totally ungrounded—hopefully with the urging and consumer education on the part of savvy travel agents—those numbers, Hagazy says confidently, will return. Agents should be aware and should make their clients aware that the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Mounir Fakhry Abd El-Nour, reminded North American travelers in October that not one foreign visitor has been injured either during the revolution nor since and that Egypt is now probably one of the world’s safest destinations with a beefed-up force of tourism police at virtually every attraction in the country and highlevel security at all of the hotels. january 2012 111 COPYRIGHT © SUZANNE TENG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend January 2012

Editor's Note
Hotel Desk: Hard Rock Hotels and Resorts
Tour Talk: Lindblad Expeditions
Holland America's Veendam
Delta Air Lines' 2012 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Las Vegas' 2012 Offerings
Hot European Tours for 2012
Hokkaido, Japan
Egypt's Antiquity Attractions are Eternal

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