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Egypt in 2013: Better Than Ever
After the revolution of 2011 and the consequent presidential elections in 2012, many still doubt whether Egypt’s appeal as a tourist destination will weather these changes. One year on, a reported 30% drop in tourism figures had Egypt making worried noises. With political upheaval showing signs of progress, and numbers now starting to recover, morale amongst the Red Sea resorts’ tourism industry is too.
After experiencing huge volumes of bookings at ‘crisis-value’ as holiday-makers took advantage of the mass availability, Egypt has become more popular than ever from 2012 into 2013. But what’s changed?
For a start, a holiday to Egypt now promises to be a better value than ever, thanks to a broader than ever range of lower-price all inclusive resorts in the Red Sea. Prices are beating those of neighbouring Turkey and Greece, and even some of the other major European destinations. Holidays to Egypt also have the additional bonus of year-round sun, even in the down-season you can be sure of hot weather, beautiful beaches and a warm sea.
The 2011 revolution, and the following presidential elections, are an important step for Egypt, and one that some visitors are itching to be a part of. Excursions to Cairo from the Red Sea resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are on the rise, as travellers arrive to see change in action and take advantage of the quieter attractions.
International interest in Egypt's fascinating ancient history remains as strong as ever, with excavations resuming, and new ones starting throughout the year – not to mention the timeless appeal of the pyramids and other wonders across this country. Egypt will always be high on travellers' to-do lists.
With a wealth of national treasures to be discovered, newly-developed resorts and an increase in price-led promotions, a renewed interest in the heritage of the country has saved the crucial tourism industry, and for many a 2013 holiday to Egypt comes at the perfect time.
The Food, the Food
The sheer size of the portions offered in Egypt can sometimes be daunting, and like their Mediterranean counterparts, the ancient Egyptians loved to eat. Many dishes available in Egypt and the Med today share a common ancestry, such as Baklava and other tasty pastries for example. A sudden surge in the popularity of the all inclusive holiday option there means that the local restaurant trade has had to up its game – to the delight of many visitors to the country.
For fussy eaters resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh are the perfect combination of diversity and authenticity. The main resort offers up worldly delights, the chance to sample European and Oriental dishes alongside a ramped up and world class range of Arabic restaurants. Egyptians pride themselves on being able to put on a great spread of food, and generous helpings of fresh ingredients make Egypt a burgeoning food-tourism location.
Egypt's resorts along the coast of the Red Sea have been consistently popular, thanks to their beautiful sandy beaches and the fantastic, lively atmospheres throughout the year. Crystal-clear waters and stunning coral reef means that most of the west coast diving in the Red Sea has become a must for travellers from all over the world, while the weather in resorts such as Dahab promises ideal conditions for windsurfing and sailing too.
Family holidays in Egypt are well-spent at the beach side resort of Hurghada, which boasts wide, golden beaches and shallow waters, ideal for sunbathing and paddling, while the larger resort at Sharm el Sheikh appeals to a younger crowd, boasting several beach bars and cafes, and the biggest party nightlife on the coast. Laid-back and glamorous, breaks on the Red Sea Riviera are the perfect getaway, combining sun and adventure with the culture and magic that comes with any holiday to Egypt.
Visit Egypt in 2012 and 2013 and discover the history and heritage of a country now rushing head-first into a new future. Holidays to Egypt have never been more popular.