Friday, 31 January 2014

Egypt 'safe', Britons told - Telegraph

Egypt 'safe', Britons told - Telegraph: “In Luxor, Aswan and Upper Egypt there have been no real problems throughout the past couple of years. In Luxor last Saturday not one incident was reported.

“Those on the ground can’t understand why tourists are not coming. People’s livelihoods are at risk and they are crying out for tourism.

9 comments:

Craig Drummond said...

I will be back in Luxor in March and I agree that Luxor appears to be safe, as is Aswan, but the problem is the negative reporting by the press - and that will put many people off who may have thought about going.

The picture on the article link of the museum being bombed is itself is enough to put most people off!

People like myself, who have been many times to Luxor and Aswan are made very welcome but I doubt that is enough to keep these places going, yes it helps, but you only have to read websites like yours Jane, and also the Trip Advisor forum on Luxor to see the faithfull are few - as it is normally the same people who comment with regards to Luxor.

I want Luxor to get back to how it was, but I fear it will be a long time before this happens.

In my humble opinion, the problem is in the uncertainty of the Country, we have all witnessed what has happened over the months and its far from over yet.

We have to bear in mind it is not just Luxor that is suffering hardship, I doubt many tourists will be venturing to Cairo, so the museums, pyramids and hotels, that all rely on tourism will be in the same boat.

It is sad, I know that, but in reality the Country needs to get some stability. That may be easier said than done.



Jane Akshar said...

I so agree about negative report, it drives me mad at times.

Re Cairo, at least there is alternative employment there, even in Aswan there is something but there is nothing in Luxor

Margaret Mq said...

I will be returning to Luxor for the month of March. I had to miss my 'fix' in November because of the Foreign Office advice, which would have negated my insurance cover, if I had travelled.
I cannot wait to get back, having been coming back to Luxor over the last 13 years, mostly twice a year!
I will feel comfortable and safe!

Margaret Mq said...

I will be returning to Luxor for the month of March. I had to miss my 'fix' in November because of the Foreign Office advice, which would have negated my insurance cover, if I had travelled.
I cannot wait to get back, having been coming back to Luxor over the last 13 years, mostly twice a year!
I will feel comfortable and safe!

David Price said...

from AP
Making my fifth visit to Luxor since November 2012. The last in November 2013. My wife and I have never seen any trouble. We heard a loud bang in May 2013 that turned out to be guests at a wedding being a little exuberant. The people of Luxor are warm, friendly and very accommodating when ever you meet them . Egyptian acquaintances have become friends and we have been invited to homes to share their meager hospitality. The press and UK govt advice has been over cautious. Last time we were there we were one of only 5 occupied rooms of nearly 250. The horses used to pull their tourist carriages had suffered over 100 fatalities mainly from starvation or side effects of starvation. As a horse lover I know that the vast majority of the drivers love and care for their horses deeply. Yes the national situation needs to become much more "stable"
{:-})before the whole of Egypt can be considered a safe holiday destination but Upper Egypt and Luxor have never had any serious problems. Moslems and Christians live harmoniously together with a very small amount of intermarriage ,Moslem "sects" have no issues and the population is impatient to have stability restored, with many stating that a return to Mubarak would be better than the status quo. Luxor Holidays in 5 star hotels are at bargain prices it`s safe so take advantage of it now and enjoy all it has to offer(temples in the town, Vallies of the Kings ,Queens and Nobles, the Nile and boat trips and especially the people).

lyndhurst said...

Like many contributors to this forum, my wife and I have visited luxor many times, and have enjoyed all that it and it's people have to offer.It is all very well commenting on the political situation, but there is little any of us can do to solve the plight of the nation.What we can do is, when we do visit empty out some of the spare cash we carry about in our wallets and sponsor a family or two through the tough times they are having.Most of us that go to Luxor for our holidays aren't short of a few bob, or we'd be off to Benidorm.So, when you visit get out and befriend a family.It's not hard to do, as they surely are the friendliest people in the world.They will invite you into their homes, show you around their villages and let you see the real Luxor culture.With the average monthly income being about £50 a month, each one of us could easily make a difference.I know that we cannot save the world, but helping out just one family is well within the means of us all.I gave up smoking in October which saved me £100 a month.I now send that amount via Western Union every month to my friends in Luxor.There are no deductions taken by aid agencies and 100% goes to feeding the people in need.It is REALLY easy to do.So DO IT !! and I hope it makes you feel as good as it makes me feel.My wife and I will be back in Luxor in April to see our friends and hopefully to make many more.

lyndhurst said...

Like many contributors to this forum, my wife and I have visited luxor many times, and have enjoyed all that it and it's people have to offer.It is all very well commenting on the political situation, but there is little any of us can do to solve the plight of the nation.What we can do is, when we do visit empty out some of the spare cash we carry about in our wallets and sponsor a family or two through the tough times they are having.Most of us that go to Luxor for our holidays aren't short of a few bob, or we'd be off to Benidorm.So, when you visit get out and befriend a family.It's not hard to do, as they surely are the friendliest people in the world.They will invite you into their homes, show you around their villages and let you see the real Luxor culture.With the average monthly income being about £50 a month, each one of us could easily make a difference.I know that we cannot save the world, but helping out just one family is well within the means of us all.I gave up smoking in October which saved me £100 a month.I now send that amount via Western Union every month to my friends in Luxor.There are no deductions taken by aid agencies and 100% goes to feeding the people in need.It is REALLY easy to do.So DO IT !! and I hope it makes you feel as good as it makes me feel.My wife and I will be back in Luxor in April to see our friends and hopefully to make many more.

lyndhurst said...

Like many contributors to this forum, my wife and I have visited luxor many times, and have enjoyed all that it and it's people have to offer.It is all very well commenting on the political situation, but there is little any of us can do to solve the plight of the nation.What we can do is, when we do visit empty out some of the spare cash we carry about in our wallets and sponsor a family or two through the tough times they are having.Most of us that go to Luxor for our holidays aren't short of a few bob, or we'd be off to Benidorm.So, when you visit get out and befriend a family.It's not hard to do, as they surely are the friendliest people in the world.They will invite you into their homes, show you around their villages and let you see the real Luxor culture.With the average monthly income being about £50 a month, each one of us could easily make a difference.I know that we cannot save the world, but helping out just one family is well within the means of us all.I gave up smoking in October which saved me £100 a month.I now send that amount via Western Union every month to my friends in Luxor.There are no deductions taken by aid agencies and 100% goes to feeding the people in need.It is REALLY easy to do.So DO IT !! and I hope it makes you feel as good as it makes me feel.My wife and I will be back in Luxor in April to see our friends and hopefully to make many more.

lyndhurst said...

Like many contributors to this forum, my wife and I have visited luxor many times, and have enjoyed all that it and it's people have to offer.It is all very well commenting on the political situation, but there is little any of us can do to solve the plight of the nation.What we can do is, when we do visit empty out some of the spare cash we carry about in our wallets and sponsor a family or two through the tough times they are having.Most of us that go to Luxor for our holidays aren't short of a few bob, or we'd be off to Benidorm.So, when you visit get out and befriend a family.It's not hard to do, as they surely are the friendliest people in the world.They will invite you into their homes, show you around their villages and let you see the real Luxor culture.With the average monthly income being about £50 a month, each one of us could easily make a difference.I know that we cannot save the world, but helping out just one family is well within the means of us all.I gave up smoking in October which saved me £100 a month.I now send that amount via Western Union every month to my friends in Luxor.There are no deductions taken by aid agencies and 100% goes to feeding the people in need.It is REALLY easy to do.So DO IT !! and I hope it makes you feel as good as it makes me feel.My wife and I will be back in Luxor in April to see our friends and hopefully to make many more.