The growing tensions in Egypt have caused Japan’s major travel agencies to cancel trips to the land of pyramids. The disappointment of the agencies, despite the decision’s lack of financial impact, remains inevitable as the number of Japanese visiting Egypt have increased after the country assumed democratic government.
Hankyu Travel International is said to be canceling tours in Egypt beginning July 17. Three of Japan’s major tour agencies – JTB Corporation, Kinki Nippon Tourist (KNT), and Nippon Travel Agency (NTA) – have also confirmed cancellation of tours bound to Egypt, all scheduled on July 31. The travel agencies assured their customers that they will be reimbursed.
A 7-10 day of stay in Egypt usually costs 200,000 to 300,000 yen (approx. 2,000 to 3,000 US dollars). The package is inclusive of airfare, accommodation, and tours. Most of the Japanese who travel to Egypt are either senior citizens or retired employees. Visiting the pyramids and a cruise at the Nile are among the favourite activities of those who travel to Egypt. Some have also included a visit to neighbouring countries.
The Egyptian Revolution of 2011, which put an end to Hosni Mubarak’s 29-year regime, opened the doors of democracy to Egypt. But the recent events in the country spell another tension, including protests from the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and attacks from Islamist gunmen. The protests even have “Friday of Rejection” as a slogan.
[via Jiji Press]