Egypt crisis hits tour companies

World 3THE recent violence across Egypt has weakened demand in the UK for holidays there.

Thomas Cook, in trading updates released yesterday (Thursday), said the turmoil which followed the coup that removed President Mohamed Morsi from power, has hit recent bookings.

It comes as no surprise that rivals TUI Travel has cut its winter flights to the sunshine country, as has Thomson, Europe’s biggest tour operator.

The Foreign Office continues to advise against all but essential travel to most of the country, except for the Red Sea resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh.

North Sinai should be avoided altogether, it said, because of continuing unrest and the terrorism threat.

TUI, which owns the Thomson and First Choice brands, said that although package holidays to Red Sea resorts from the UK were still on sale, demand had disappeared.

Thomson has responded to the Egypt crisis by shrinking numbers going there, and deploying most flights to other destinations.

The decision was taken after some countries, including Germany, advised holiday-makers not to travel there at all.

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