SOUTH SINAI, Egypt: Germany’s warning to its citizens to leave Sharm el-Sheikh was not due to the Taba bus blast, but is an attempt to lower prices during the coming ITB Berlin Convention, Heba Zahran, the Egyptian Chamber of Tourism Establishments Human Resources director, told Youm7 Sunday.
Zahran claimed Germany’s move mimics previous attempts by London to lower prices on its stock exchange by warning tourists against travel to Egypt due to the possibility of “terror attacks.”
“Germany’s goal is clear; and 650 German tourists refused to leave Sharm el-Sheikh and will complete their vacation despite warnings by Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Zahran claimed.
She added that the current occupancy in Sharm el-Sheikh hotels was 54 percent and that the country is secure.
“An international culture festival will be held in Sharm al-Sheikh on March 26 with the participation of 16 countries, which indicates the city’s stability and safety,” she said.
Originally published in Youm7.