British tourists undeterred by Middle East unrest: survey

Guest Writer

British tourists remain undeterred by the unrest in Egypt after survey results found that 50 percent of holidaymakers would still visit the country later this year. Research by Easyvoyage has indicated that half of all potential British visitors would still travel to the destination, although 80 percent questioned whether they would visit Tunisia in the near future due to lack of information about the country, not the unrest. “Our survey shows that Egypt will bounce back relatively quickly, helped by the fact that the popular Red Sea resorts remain largely unaffected,” explained Jean-Pierre Nadir, founding president or Easyvoyage. “Unfortunately, Tunisia will take longer, knowledge of the destination is less and potential holidaymakers are being enticed elsewhere.” He added that all-inclusives remained popular and destinations such as Spain, Greece and Turkey have seen an increase in interest since the Egyptian protests. Meanwhile, business and leisure passengers will soon be evacuated from Libya on flights operated by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and private air charter companies. The FCO has despatched a charter flight to Tripoli and a spokesperson revealed that another would leave the UK as soon as possible. “Our embassy in is already in contact with around 300 British nationals in and around Tripoli and giving instructions on how to catch the flight,” she told AFP.com. “A consular team from the embassy is already on the ground at Tripoli airport and is in place to assist British nationals.” Air Charter Service (ACS) has also began evacuating travellers from Tripoli, although it admitted that airport closures had made it difficult to get people out of the country.

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