Pyramids deserted as foreign tourists heed travel warnings


As Egypt’s troubles continue tourist attractions usually awash with holidaymakers stood quiet and abandoned on Sunday.

The area around Giza’s ancient pyramids and sphinx lay eerily silent as cautious tourists decide to look elsewhere due Egypt’s recent upheaval.

With over 800 people killed in less than a week of confrontations between supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi and security forces, the United States, Germany and other nations have issued travel guidelines advising people not to travel to Egypt.

The troubles have made recent weeks hard for the shopkeepers, local travel agents and activity guides in an area that is usually one of Egypt’s top visitor attractions.

One business that has suffered since the troubles flared up is Mohamed Said’s horse and cart ride service.

“In terms of tourists, or work or business, there is no tourism or business for us here. There is nothing for us,” he said.

Cart driver Abdallah Walid said there won’t even be enough money to feed the horses soon.

In the UK tourists have been told to avoid much of the country, but that the popular holiday resorts along the Red Sea coast are still safe to travel to.

Travel expert Daniel Pearce said people should look to the tour operators to guide them on the safety of the area they’re travelling to.

“The advice to anyone having a look at a holiday the moment, if they have a holiday booked in those areas, is to seek the advice of their tour operator if they have any concerns,” he said.

Holidaymakers at Cardiff airport on Saturday said they had done their research and felt confident about safety.

“I have no fear, I’ve researched, checked on the internet, looked at the government website, which states clearly that Egypt, where we’re travelling to on the Red Sea resort, is safe, so we have no fear,” said one tourist about to depart Sharm el Sheik.

The violence in Egypt has sparked deep concerns worldwide.

In a joint statement on Sunday, the European Commission and the European Council said it was the responsibility of the army and the interim government to end the violence, warning against the use of force.

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