On Sunday, February 4th, 2018, the first charter plane between Alexandria and Beirut flew marking the start of a new relationship between the two countries. A decree was signed that allows Lebanese passport holders to travel to the African nation. More Arab countries will get visa-free access to Egypt in the coming months.
George Boulous, head, Tishoury Tours, owns one of the biggest charter flight companies in Egypt. At the press conference, he said that issuing visa-free access to Lebanese citizens makes Alexandria the second most desirable Egyptian city to travel to after Sharm el-Sheikh. He also revealed the Egyptian government is in talks with Morocco and Tunisia for letting them travel without a visa to visit Egypt. If everything works positive, it will boost Egyptian tourism, which has reduced a little over the past few years. If tourism growth increases, it will help to improve the Egyptian economy. Boulous also said that in 2018 incoming charter flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, Alexandria, and Hurghada will increase from 300 flights to 1,500 flights yearly.
Ehab El-Gendy, managing director, Marseilia Tours, announced that this company will be partnering with tour operators to organize tours that would connect the North Coast, Marsa Matrouh, and Alexandria to other Arab countries. For Egypt, the other countries that are important are Italy and Cyprus. Many people visit for medical tourism on the Egyptian-Ismailia desert road and in Siwa.
Egypt was once the home to one of the most mysterious kingdoms in all history. The pyramids are considered extraterrestrial and have always been a unique destination for people around the world. Many people visit it on their Umrah tour and therefore, it always crowded all year long. Some of the exciting places to visit in Egypt include Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor temples, and Abu Simbel temples, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and Valley of the Kings.