Egypt protests intensify as travellers urged to avoid Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez

Egypt's business travel market will suffer adverse effects from the political turmoil that has left almost 100 people dead, according to Institute of Travel and Meetings chief executive Paul Tilstone.

Egyptian protests could impact business travel market
Egyptian protests could impact business travel market

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez following protests against the ongoing rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

A curfew in the country has now been extended from 3pm to 8am each day, but protestors have been ignoring the rule.

Institute of Travel and Meetings chief executive Paul Tilstone told C&IT the ongoing political turmoil in Egypt was likely to have an adverse impact on perception of the country by events professionals.

"My understanding of Egypt was that it was considered to be the steady man of North Africa and I have no doubt this could have implications on the business travel market," he said.

"I suspect, unfortunately, the [protests] could go on for a lot longer and that will affect the perception for those in the meetings and events industry."

Protestors have demanded a general strike today (31 January), as well as a protest march to end President Mubarak’s rule tomorrow.

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