EOS Alerts 11-5-2017
Egypt: Fears of an ISIS Attack in Sharm el Sheikh Continue
Thomas Cook cancel all holidays to Sharm el Sheikh after continued fears of an ISIS attack
Following continued fears of an Islamic State attack in Sharm el Sheikh, Thomas Cook has cancelled all of its holiday bookings to the tourist destination and scrapped all flight and hotel packages for the winter 2017 season onwards, with alternative trips or refunds being offered to around 200 pre-booked customers. The decision was made after continued warnings against travel to the area made by consular representations. The Managing Director of the travel company said “The decision ultimately rests with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which issues expert security advice for UK travellers. Since October 2015 it has advised against flying to Sharm el-Sheikh airport and we have had no indication that this is likely to change in the near future. Therefore, we have sadly decided we won’t be able to offer any trips from the UK to Sharm.”
Those operating or residing in Egypt are advised to be aware of the current security environment in the country. Islamic State have carried out a number of deadly attacks in recent months and have intensified their war against Christians. Remain alert when visiting any densely-populated tourist or Christian destinations. Report any suspicious packages, behaviour or activity to the authorities and remain vigilant.