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Flight increase to provide much-needed boost for Egypt

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Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, His Excellency Mr Yehia Rashed, has announced that Thomas Cook Airlines will soon be operating 36 flights a week to Egypt. Speaking at the World Travel Market (WTM) travel industry event in London last week, Mr Rashed said that Thomas Cook flights to Egypt will increase over the popular winter season which is excellent news for divers.

According to Thomas Cook, the airline plan to add new flights to Hurghada from Manchester, London Gatwick and Birmingham. The extra flights will offer increased alternatives for those wishing to travel to Egypt who are unable to travel to Sharm el Sheikh due to the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice.

Over 80 journalists and members of the media attended a press conference on the first day of World Travel Market to hear the Egyptian Minister of Tourism declare Egypt safe and open for business. The stand for the Egyptian Tourism Authority was home to 51 delegates from Egypt’s tourism industry and was awarded the ‘Best Stand for Doing Business’ title from the WTM judges.

More than 1.5 million British visitors came to Egypt in 2010 and this year numbers are expected to be down to less than 300,000 visitors.  Despite this, Egypt is confident of growth in 2017 with Thomas Cook, Thomson, Easyjet, British Airways and Egyptair flying every week to Egypt.

Rasha Azaizi, UK director of the Egyptian State Tourist Office in London, said: “We have been humbled and immensely encouraged by the huge level of support we have received from the British travel industry and media at this year’s WTM. While we know there are still challenges to overcome to build our recovery, we are positive we can achieve this with the help of our travel industry partners.”

Photo: Arnaud Chicurel for Egyptian State Tourist Office

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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)

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How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

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Dive safe, dive often!

James


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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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