Why does the FCO advice on Egypt differ from other countries?

Noel Josephides, Managing Director of Sunvil Holidays, was invited to speak on Radio 4 at 12.30 pm today, 7th February, 2011, about the difference in travel advice on travelling to Egypt while demonstrations were underway given by the UK Government compared with that, for example, of the American and German governments.  He was interviewed alongside travel writer Alison Rice.

Josephides was asked why the UK Government’s Travel Advice (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/egypt) did not advise against travel to the Red Sea resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.  He stated that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office was very conservative and would not, he felt, give incorrect advice on things as important as the personal safety of British people on holiday.  Alison Rice pointed out that Sharm was an 8-hour drive from Cairo, where the majority of the demonstrations were happening, and that excursions to Cairo and elsewhere from the Red Sea had been cancelled.  There were currently 20,000 British holidaymakers visiting the Red Sea.

The bargain prices available for holidays in Egypt at present were discussed, as were increases in price for trips to the Canary Islands over the half-term period.

To listen to the interview in full, click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00y5jdp/You_and_Yours_07_02_2011 (21.30 to 28.40)

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