Egyptian Dive Operators Affected by Regional Unrest

Egyptian Dive Operators Affected by Regional Unrest

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The ongoing conflict in Gaza and Houthi strikes against commercial shipping at the southern end of the Red Sea are have a negative impact on dive operators in the region, who are experiencing a steep decline in reservations.

Marsa Shagra house reef (archive photo)

Despite the conflicts not being close to the main Red Sea dive resorts, many operators we spoke to at the Boot show in Germany reported an increase in cancellations and a noticeable slowdown in bookings.

One operator based in Marsa Alam wrote that after the Boot show they had attended additional exhibitions and met many people who were enthusiastic about diving in Egypt. However, a handful expressed reluctance, choosing not to visit this year due to the political climate.


"This sentiment undeniably impacts our operations and those working within the tourism sector. While only a few have articulated these concerns directly, there may be others who silently share this perspective, substantially affecting our business. Although the streets are not deserted and some hotels are fully booked, I have personally encountered many cancellations," wrote Rita Khaled of Blue Ocean Dive Centres & Resorts.

"The current atmosphere here is tranquil and secure. The economic conditions in Egypt present a greater challenge to the population than the political situation. We are keenly anticipating the return of tourists and are wholeheartedly dedicated to ensuring their safety and comfort during their stay."


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