No need for tourist pullout from Egypt: Britain

30th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain was advising its nationals to leave flashpoint Egyptian cities on Sunday as tour operators stressed there was no need to pull tourists out of the popular Red Sea resorts.

The Foreign Office travel advice remained unchanged since Saturday, when Britons were advised against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Luxor, as protests against President Hosni Mubarak's rule continued.

Those without a pressing need to be in the first three destinations were advised to leave by commercial means where safe to do so.

Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt told the BBC on Sunday: "We do want people to take the opportunity if they are able to leave... but as yet the situation has not reached the stage where we would necessarily be considering chartering planes and getting larger numbers out."

More than 1.3 million British nationals visited Egypt in 2009, the Foreign Office said, citing figures from Cairo. Some 30,000 are in the country at the moment.

The "vast majority" head to popular Red Sea destinations such as Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, said the Association of British Travel Agents, which represents more than 5,000 agencies.

"The resorts on the Red Sea are not affected. Holidays continue there as normal," an ABTA spokeswoman told AFP.

© 2011 AFP

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