How we want to Revive Egypt
Since the February 2011 Revolution in Egypt, followed by the many mass demonstrations that took place, and are still taking place, the tourism numbers in Egypt have fallen drastically. In fact, it would be safe to say that at times the country perhaps didn’t have a single tourist. As much as it was a painful business experience for large and small tour companies alike, the Egyptian people needed this political progression for a future with hope and realistic dreams.
We at Lady Egypt Tours believe that the country and its people have reached the top of the mountain and it will be downhill from here on. What is next? Simply put, tourism needs to return so that we can reach our hopes and dreams too.
We are launching a campaign – Revive Egypt – together with the Ministry of Tourism, inviting international travel bloggers to visit Egypt on one of our tours. Our aim is to make it clear that political instability does not necessarily mean lack of tourist safety. In fact, we believe that tourists may be safer now than before the 2011 events.
Through the past two years we have focused on getting the word out from ex-pats and Egyptians who were living through the political turmoil and continuing with their daily lives. As much as we believe that it made an impact on the decisions of some people to travel to Egypt, we needed to get a bigger, stronger message out there. Egyptians like foreigners, and they carry that reputation with pride. That most probably contributes to their reputation of hospitality and they would go out of their ways to demonstrate how hospitable they can be.
The biggest obstacle we face is that of the mixed messages that are portrayed by the international media. In fact, events have been very different from second to third hand reports through the media and that caused troubling perceptions of the country’s people and directly towards the hopes of tourists returning to Egypt.
Lady Egypt Tours wants to rise above it all, we want people to experience the truth, not merely read about it. We want to show the world our hospitality and our beautiful country with its ancient monuments and historical places. We want people to sail along the Nile until their satisfaction of the country cuts them to the bone.
Here is how we are hoping you would participate:
Show us your interest in becoming part of the Revive Egypt campaign. From the 7th to the 14th of December 2013, we will be hosting an all expenses paid trip to Egypt for international bloggers. You would then need to blog about your experience at least once while you are on the tour and three times after the tour, before the end of March 2014. We would also like to link back to your blog site free of charge, for at least one year, to further assist our online presence.
Highlights of this tour
We compiled the perfect itinerary for you as travel bloggers to see the capital city, Cairo, visit the most important landmarks, and travel by air conditioned bus to Luxor and the Red Sea. It would be the perfect opportunity to see the transition, not only in the landscape, but in the people and current situation Egypt is facing.
Cairo Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, Egyptian Museum, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, West Bank, Valley of the Kings