Cairo: Best cities for summer travel

Written by Staff Writer Cairo — Exhausted travelers arrived back in America last weekend after spending the extended Memorial Day holiday in Egypt. About two-thirds of flights from the United States arrived home on…

Cairo: Best cities for summer travel

Written by Staff Writer

Cairo — Exhausted travelers arrived back in America last weekend after spending the extended Memorial Day holiday in Egypt.

About two-thirds of flights from the United States arrived home on Monday night, following the long-awaited Eid al-Fitr holiday , a celebration marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan . The four-day holiday break made for one of the longest flights of the year, meaning many missed out on a vacation.

The busy summer holiday season is already in full swing, with travel picks up in July and August. While the summer months are more difficult to travel in, it’s still a good time to consider a summer holiday, as it will be a cheaper and easier option.

According to the U.S. Travel Association , the U.S. overall remains the top destination for summer travelers. Factors that have affected travel schedules are what really determine when the crowds travel — the American government’s travel warning remains a deterrent for many.

The government’s travel warning, issued June 9, still states that U.S. citizens traveling in the Middle East or North Africa should exercise vigilance and take precautions due to continuing terrorist threats, due to the continuing threat of retaliation for U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.

Tourism is a pillar of the Egyptian economy, which has been badly damaged by political instability since the Arab Spring protests in 2011.

Egypt’s national carrier EgyptAir says it is a big beneficiary of its strong links to America. President Naguib Sawiris, who owns EgyptAir, has received visits from American dignitaries — most recently Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Anytime that I visit Mr. Kerry it is a symbol of friendship between two people,” says Sawiris, who is also the chairman of Orascom Telecom. “As a citizen of Egypt, as a citizen of the world, I am grateful and appreciate that Mr. Kerry is from the U.S.”

Sawiris says that American tourists made a significant contribution to his country, which has its very own brand of exotic travelers, from Russia and Scandinavia to China and Australia.

To boost tourism numbers this summer, EgyptAir is offering special fares to, and offers from, New York, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Dallas and Los Angeles.

EgyptAir has also worked to counter the knock-on effect of security concerns at U.S. airports.

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