Hong Kong travel agencies cancel all tour groups to Egypt amid turmoil

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 July, 2013, 2:11pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Hong Kong travel agencies have cancelled all tour groups to Egypt amid political upheaval in the African country.

Seven tour groups that had planned to visit the nation from now to July 20 are cancelled, Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said on Friday.

“The situation in Egypt is unclear so it is reasonable to make the arrangements,” Tung said.

About 160 people who have signed up for the tour groups are affected.

Another tour group that is now in Egypt is planning to return to Hong Kong on Sunday, Tung said, adding that its members are safe.

Hong Kong's government has maintained its red outbound travel alert for Egypt since March 2011. The alert urges people to adjust travel plans and avoid non-essential travel.

Egypt’s military on Wednesday toppled president Mohammed Mursi, the country’s first democratically elected but controversial leader. The ouster came after millions of people took part in four days of demonstrations since June 30 demanding he be removed.

Chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour has been sworn in as Egypt’s interim leader until a new president is elected. But Mursi’s supporters and his Islamists allies called for protests in response to his ousting.