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Rosturizm ready to send fact-finding mission to Egypt Dec - Radkov

November 24, 2011, 13:38 UTC+3

Radkov once again urged Russians to refrain from visiting large Egyptian cities

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MOSCOW, November 24 (Itar-Tass) —— Representatives of Russia’s federal tourist agency Rosturizm will be prepared to go to Egypt in December to meet with the top officials of that country’s ministry of tourism and see for themselves what the situation on the resorts of the Red Sea is like, Rosturizm chief Alexander Radkov told a news conference on Thursday.

“We shall be prepared to go to that country in December for the necessary consultations with the leadership of the Ministry of Tourism and to see the situation in Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh with our own eyes,” Radkov said.

He recalled that Egypt remained one of the greatest attractions despite this year’s decline in the tourist flow by about 40 percent. Radkov voiced the certainty that the “restoration of the flow of Russian tourists to Egypt would depend on the return of the situation in that country to normal and the creation of effective mechanism of response to the situation.”

“Radkov once again urged Russians to refrain from visiting large Egyptian cities.

“We are advising Russians against booking excursions to Cairo from local tourist companies, because they may fall victim to clashes,” he said, adding that Rosturizm warned Russia’s tour operators they should not sell excursions to their clients to big cities.

“We are hoping that the Egyptian authorities will exert every effort to ensure the situation at the resorts should not go out of control,” Radkov said.


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