Indians retracting travel plans

The spreading violence in Egypt is prompting more and more Indians to cancel their plans to visit the country of pyramids, which till recently was one of the most preferred destinations for Indian tourists, alongside Bangkok, Malaysia and the US.

Around 30,000 Indian tourists visit the North African country every year, which is in turmoil now after the removal of elected President Mohamed Morsi by the army in early July, according to the Indian Association of Tour Operators (Iato). The past two years had seen Indian traffic to Egypt growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 15 per cent. But that is now almost flat, owing to clashes between Egypt’s military-backed government and Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Leading travel portals, too, have advised their customers not to visit the country for now.

According to global reports, the army is now targeting the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood and intensifying a propaganda campaign against it amid signs of a strategy of encouraging rank and file members to break away. Fearing more clashes, some countries have issued travel advisories asking their citizens not to visit Egypt.

Full report here Business Standard 


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