Blink and you might have missed it, but this news from Egypt could affect British tourists in the future.
In early February, the Egyptian government issued a partial ban on alcohol, declaring that it would no longer issue licenses to sell alcohol in new residential settlements on the outskirts of Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that, as it stands, the ban is seen as unlikely to affect key holiday destinations, such as Sharm el Sheikh and other Red Sea resort areas.
Curious, we decided to see what some agents who send Travelzoo subscribers to Egypt thought of the news.
James Clarke of Fleetway Travel told us he hadn't noticed any significant reduction in bookings to Sharm. "It is still the most popular year-round destination, offering exceptional value for money," he said. "Sharm will continue catering to the international tourist market, even if other areas in Egypt become stricter with alcohol. Tourism is a major source of revenue and no government, whatever their affiliation, will jeopardise this lucrative trade."
Victor Goord at Golden Ticket Travel wisely pointed out that "balancing political and cultural values, while maintaining a vibrant tourist industry, is a tightrope walked by many national governments."
Fear not, drinkers of the Travelzoo community – if the situation should change, we'll let you know.
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