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German Tour Operators Resume Trips To Sharm El-Sheikh

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German tour operators are once again taking bookings for trips to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh after the German foreign office eased travel advice for the destination.

TUI Germany said customers would be able to book trips from July 21. The smaller tour operator FTI also said it was offering trips to the beach resort.

The German foreign office had advised against travel throughout the Sinai peninsula, including Sharm el-Sheikh, and recommended any tourists at the region's beach resorts return home early. That prompted German tour operators to bring customers home in February.

This week, Germany changed its advice and now warns only against travel to the north of the peninsula. It advises avoiding the Nile delta and valley and recommends care when visiting Egypt, even to Red Sea resorts.

Germans and Russians are the most numerous visitors to Egypt. The country's revenue from tourism dropped 41 percent to USD$5.9 billion last year after waves of unrest since the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

(Reuters)