Egypt, which was once the most favored tourist destination for Saudis, is now back in the sights of Saudi tourists after elections. Tourism in Egypt was recently hit hard after the country witnessed two revolutions, in addition to political instability that swept the country.
With the exception of Saudi families that own homes in Egypt and travel there every once in a while, the vast majority decided to visit countries in Europe and Asia. Egypt’s economy was greatly affected as number of tourists dropped sharply, affecting more than 4 million people working in this sector.
Egypt has always been a preferred destination for families during summer vacation and for others who want a close weekend getaway. This year, there are many Saudis who are planning to travel to Egypt for their summer vacation.
Essam Abdel Ghaney, supervisor at Nile Travel & Tourism Agency in Jeddah, said the number of Saudis traveling to Egypt is on the rise. He said the percentage of Saudis traveling this year is expected to increase compared to last year.
He added: “This year has witnessed changes in the type of travelers going to the country because the number of families traveling is increasing. Last year, because of political instability, only single youths were traveling to Egypt,” he said. He said families’ making travel plans to Egypt is a good sign that things are gradually returning to normal and that there is no fear anymore. Before, families were avoiding traveling with their children as Egypt’s security situation was unpredictable.