Russian tourists reluctant to cut their Egyptian vacation short

Russian tourists are reluctant to cut their Egyptian vacation short as everything is quiet in resort towns, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) said.

Russian tourists are reluctant to cut their Egyptian vacation short as everything is quiet in resort towns, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) said.

"All is quiet at our hotel. We did not see any insurgents or anything like that on our way from the airport to the hotel. Airport guards and men armed with submachine guns were standing at the exit from the airport. We do not leave the hotel premises and sightseeing tours are cancelled but the place looks peaceful. We are absolutely not willing to evacuate," a tourist on an Egyptian vacation told ATOR.

The association got in touch with Russian tourists via their travel agents.

"My parents are on vacation in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt. Their vacation started on August 9 and tourists were prohibited to leave the hotel territory on August 15. But everything is fine at the hotel: it is close to the beach, the food is good and there is an animation team. The tourists were permitted to leave the hotel premises on August 17. They take walks through the city and go to markets. They say they are fine," a tour operator's client said.

The Federal Tourism Agency representative in Hurghada also said all was quiet in Egyptian resort towns. Security of the region has been tightened and there have been no demonstrations lately. The situation is similar in Sharm-el-Sheikh.

"Simply, there are many police on the streets. Tourists do not panic and most of them do not understand why Egypt is being discussed so emotionally on TV. True, it is not safe in Cairo, Alexandria and other big cities but resort towns are placid. Cairo and Giza pyramid tours have been cancelled but it is August, a very hot month, and few tourists would have wanted to go there by bus in such heat anyway. Tourists freely walk around the town in Sharm-el-Sheikh," the agency representative said.

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