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Tourists Come First
February 6, 2014   
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Egypt has for over a decade been an increasingly popular vacation destination for Polish tourists, especially when school is out for the summer. They seem unbothered by the fact that summer in Egypt is not at all that tourist-friendly, since temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius in the shade. This is also a time when Egypt draws visitors from other countries, especially France, Britain and Russia. As a result, there are crowds everywhere, guests form long lines waiting for their turn at the buffet table in the hotel restaurant, while moving around local stores is a major logistical challenge.

In contrast, relatively few tourists bother to check out what Egypt has to offer at other times of the year, winter in particular. Winter is when emperatures are far more bearable for Europeans, peaking at 25-30 degrees Celsius in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, the biggest tourist draws in Egypt. A leisurely walk in those conditions is a blissful experience when you think about the blizzards and snow storms you left behind in your home country.

That said, things are somewhat different in Egypt at the moment. Even though seaside resorts are keen to attract tourists with attractive and inexpensive accommodation and the staff are eager to please, the hotels are almost empty. Many potential tourists have been put off by the unstable political situation in Egypt and riots in Cairo. But those who decided to go ahead and take a winter vacation in Egypt are delighted. Wiesława Krukowska from Rzeszów traveled to Egypt for the first time and is absolutely delighted.

“Our hotel has a sort of family atmosphere,” Krukowska says. “There are just 30 people in the entire building. We meet and get to know one another during tasty meals, or lounge by the swimming pool, relaxing in the heated water and sipping drinks that have been served up by the waiter. I like how there are no crowds, so I can easily see the local sights and towns, visit historical buildings and stores. You really get to relax and the superb service makes tourists feel that they do come first here. The locals tell us that here, at the seaside, we can really feel safe.”

Barbara Deręgowska
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