CAIRO: Egyptians will be able to fly to Sharm el-Sheikh and spend four nights at five-star hotels in Sharm el-Sheikh for only 1,200 to 1,300 EGP ($152-$166) until April 30, head of the Tourism Authority Samy Mahmoud told Youm7 Thursday.
The same trip by with the bus will cost 650 EGP. The Ministry of Tourism supported the initiative with 500 EGP per person booking the trip to promote domestic tourism, Mahmoud said.
Egypt Air will also launch flights at reduced prices from Saturday to mid-December to Sharm, and the transportation ministry has reduced ticket prices of super jets travelling to the Red Sea resort. Egyptians, Saudis and Kuwaitis launched several campaigns online to encourage people to spend a vacation in the Red Sea resort.
The Cabinet approved a budget of no less than $5 million from the Tourism Fund to execute a public relations campaign to improve the image of Sharm el-Sheikh after the crash.
For his part, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi returned from Saudi Arabia via the Sharm el-Sheikh airport Wednesday to reassure the public about the safety of local airports, vowing to support the private sector in the city.
Egypt stands to lose 6.6 billion EGP ($840 million) under the scenario that Russia and Britain continue to suspend flights to the Sinai Peninsula for three months after a passenger plane was downed in the area Oct. 31, Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou said Wednesday.