Red Sea Tourism News

Courtesy of DIVE magazine

Written by Jo Mattock Monday, 31 January 2011 11:39


Sharm_thumbDive centres and travel operators report business as usual in resorts around the Egyptian Red Sea. Protests taking place in Cairo, Alexandria and other large cities have not affected divers and holidaymakers in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada or other resorts.

‘Sharm El Sheikh has still not experienced any of the unrest that has been witnessed elsewhere,’ said Camel Dive Club & Hotel’s marketing manager Clare Mucklow. ‘The entire resort is calm, with no evidence of disruption. Tourists are frequenting beaches, cafes, restaurants and hotels as normal. There are no restrictions on moving around Sharm El Sheikh, and the airport is fully open.

‘Local excursions including diving, snorkelling, desert trips and visits to St Katherine’s monastery are running as usual. We have approximately 40 guests of several nationalities diving with us at the moment. We had three boats departing this morning [31 January] for daily diving at Ras Mohammed, local sites and SS Thistlegorm wreck.’

There is disruption to internet access, however, and some emails were not being received she said

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s advice is to avoid all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez. It reports Sharm is currently calm but that the situation in Egypt is ‘unpredictable and may change quickly’.

Liveaboard company blue o two, who operate from Hurghada, said tours and diving were taking place as normal. The airport was open and there were no shortages of fuel or food for the boats.

Regaldive, which offers holidays in ten Red Sea resorts as well as liveaboard safaris, said trips were running as usual. ‘We’re keeping an eye on advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and we’re in constant touch with our representatives in Egypt,’ said spokeswoman Stella Brown. ‘The safety of our customers is of paramount importance.’

For the latest advice on travel to Egypt, visit www.fco.gov.uk