Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed last week the situation with regard to Russian tourists once again visiting Egyptian and Turkish resorts. Mr. Putin spoke in an annual Q&A session before the Russian people, saying no good solution has been found for ensuring security of Russian tourists in Egypt.
Last Friday, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told reporters flights to Egypt may resume this Summer. Answering questions all during last week at various meetups, the minister expressed hope that the vital touristic links in between Russia and Egypt might be reconnected.
Friday, AEGEAN announced their winter flight schedule beginning with further international flight growth. According to the news from the Greek airline direct flights from Athens to Cairo will be re instituted.
As part of any guided tour to the Pyramids of Giza, a stop at one of the many Papyrus vendors on the main strip leading up to the plateau, is simply a must. The art that is drawn on the papyrus paper is almost as valuable as the paper itself, and visitors can purchase anything from a classic cartouche with your name in hieroglyphics, to a depiction of the ancient Egyptian zodiac, or even one of my favorites, a more modern work of a Pharaoh’s bust. But what you take along in understanding, will be even more valuable weighed against the sands of time.
On the plateau of Giza, a sentinel stands guard. Built of stone, its body is that of a lion, it’s face that of its maker. The Sphinx has served as a witness to history unfolding, from the fall of the Pharaohs; great armies have marched in front of it led by generals of legend – Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great himself. The Great Sphinx has even witnessed the mighty river Nile change its course. And now this guardian of Egypt is witness to the fall of the modern Pharaoh of Egypt.
Egypt yesterday announced plans to roll out a travel recovery plan in the tourism-dependent country, following the political upheaval over the last couple of months which saw President Hosni Mubarak removed from power and tourists desert the nation in their droves.
The stage is set for next month’s Middle East Gala Ceremony, the first stage of the World Travel Awards 2011 Grand Tour, which will be hosted by Dubai’s Armani Hotel on May 2nd.