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Foreign Office Relaxes Travel Restrictions for British Travelers Heading to Egypt
by Ted Harris February 17th, 2011
According to reports, the Foreign Office has now updated its travel advice for British travelers who wish to go to Egypt. Apparently, now the officials are saying that it is indeed safe to travel to Luxor. This is great news, because Luxor is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt.
The Foreign Office says that it has relaxed its travel warnings for Egypt based on the fact that things are improving in the area. In fact, things are improving so much that the Foreign Office relaxed its travel advice for Cario, Alexandria and Suez as well.
So what has happened to make the Foreign Office have a change of heart? Well apparently the Egyptian army has taken control of the government in Egypt for now. This happened after two weeks of protests, which forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
Before this recent update, the Foreign Office had been advising against all but essential travel to Luxor. However, the situation in this area has calmed down, and the city is functioning the way that it should be. Thousands of visitors go there every single year in order to see the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Overall, this is great news for the tourism industry in Egypt. Ever since the protests took place, countries around the world have been telling its citizens not to travel to there. Since Egypt makes a great deal of money off tourists, this was bad, not only for the tourism industry, but the whole economy. Now that the Foreign Office has relaxed its point of view on Egypt, other countries may do the same thing. This could be the start of recovery for Egypt.