Demand for Egypt Travel Is Growing

Demand for Egypt Travel Is Growing

Before COVID-19, bucket listing journeys had been one thing folks talked about doing, saving them for milestone events or holding off for retirement. Post COVID-19, that is modified. People aren’t ready anymore. One of the locations that is benefitting essentially the most of individuals’s needs to see the world whereas they’ll is Egypt.

Though tourism numbers aren’t what they had been in 2019 (which noticed the second highest arrival numbers in a), arrivals are up decade over the previous two years with US vacationers a driving drive the expansion. In truth, by 2024, air raise from the US is anticipated to exceed 2019 ranges.

Suppliers catering to the North American market are reacting to the demand.

“Our cruises on the Nile are a few of our hottest cruises,” Stefanie Schmudde, vp of product improvement & operations at Abercrombie & Kent instructed TMR just lately. “We continually add new departures for varied journeys throughout Egypt at varied value factors they usually promote out regardless.”

AmaWaterways, which launched its first Nile River ship final yr, can be seeing “extraordinarily robust demand” for its Nile River cruises. So a lot so, that it is including a second ship in 2024.

“We’ve seen such a beautiful curiosity from each our loyal visitors, in addition to new visitors since we launched our first ship there in September 2021,” mentioned Kristin Karst, govt vp and co-founder of AmaWaterways.

Viking is seeing a lot the identical, in keeping with Richard Marnell, govt vp of selling for the cruise line.

“Our Egypt fleet is rising in response to the robust demand we have now seen for our choices within the area,” he mentioned. The line, which final month launched a brand new purpose-built ship for the Nile, additionally has two extra Nile River ships underneath development.

River cruise traces aren’t the one firms seeing robust demand for Egypt.

“We are seeing an amazing uptick in demand for Egypt relative to previous years, to the purpose that Egypt is now the second hottest vacation spot with our shoppers (behind Italy and forward of Greece and France),” Kelly Torrens, vp of product for Kensington Tours instructed TMR.

In comparability to 2019 numbers, the tour operator has seen a 50% enhance in topline gross sales during the last 12 months, she added.

She heard the identical factor from hoteliers in Cairo and Luxor throughout a current journey there, who additionally reported very excessive occupancy ranges all through fall 2022.

“Hotel administration throughout each locations report that the US leisure market is driving the strongest demand,” she mentioned.

Reasons for the Growing Demand
Kensington’s Torrens attributes the Egyptian journey demand surge to a number of elements.

“Egypt qualifies as an final bucket listing vacation spot, which is a extremely interesting model of journey popping out of COVID-19,” she mentioned.

Danielle Griggs, ACC, proprietor of a Cruise Planners franchise, echoed Torrens.

“COVID shocked everybody within the sense that it actually did flip the world the wrong way up and closed it for some time and folks simply understand that generally there’s a restrict on what’s out there. So what are we ready for? Let’s go on the market and let’s do it… People are undoubtedly going additional, staying longer and spending extra. They need to get again out into the world and actually expertise issues and really feel like they’re making up for misplaced time.”

Bucket listing journeys like going to Egypt are what’s scratching that itch for them, not the “identical journey to the seaside or three or 4 night time Caribbean cruise” that they used to do.

Torrens additionally mentioned Egypt is benefitting from curiosity which may in any other case have been directed at longer-haul locations, like Japan, Australia and New Zealand, which till just lately had been fairly closed off to the remainder of the world.

Similarly, worldwide airlift to Egypt is at the moment extra dependable and constant than to different bucket listing locations throughout Asia Pacific, she mentioned.

A 3rd issue Torrens cited is the nation’s present political local weather, which she mentioned “is at its calmest because the Arab Spring.”

Griggs additionally talked about security when speaking about Egypt.

“There’s undoubtedly demand now that issues are settled considerably over there and Americans are feeling safer about it. On the provider facet, they perceive out apprehension and are doing lots of issues to assist vacationers really feel safer.”

On a current fam journey to Egypt, Griggs mentioned they all the time had one or two safety guards with them wherever they went.

“It wasn’t an overbearing presence in any respect. It type of jogged my memory somewhat little bit of secret service model, a man in a spot coat with somewhat piece in his ear and sporting sun shades… somebody who was conscious of what we had been doing and what was occurring round us.”

She added that having safety readily available helped folks to benefit from the journey and immerse themselves within the expertise with out feeling like they needed to look over their very own shoulders.

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