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  1. News - Hong Kong - EGYPT BALLOON TRAGEDY

    Luxor balloon operators compromise safety in fight for customers

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by Chow Chung-Yan

    ... considered the highlight of a tour to Luxor- one of the top tourist destinations in Egypt. Most flights are scheduled around the sunrise or sunset hours and are extremely popular with foreign tourists, a manager from SindBad Hot Air Balloons in Luxor said. Competition has intensified in recent years as eight operators battle each other for business. The number of tourists to Egypt ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    Luxor tragedy puts safety of hot-air balloons in doubt

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... of balloons in doubt Until tragedy struck in Luxor, hot-air balloons were most famously associated with the film version of Jules Verne's classic novel Around the World in 80 Days, ... in tourist areas such as Luxor. Balloon festivals are also a great way to see hot-air balloons close up. But, with 19 people killed in Tuesday's accident- including nine tourists from Hong Kong- ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Balloon tragedy holds painful lessons

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to see the Nile River and millennia-old sites of Luxor at dawn from a hot-air balloon is one few would have passed up. Those who could afford to signed up and boarded. There was little thought ...



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