Tour agencies suspend balloon trips after Luxor tragedy

The bodies of victims in bags. All eight balloon operators in Luxor are understood to have suspended activities. Photo: Reuters

Some Hong Kong tour agencies have suspended hot-air balloon trips in Egypt and elsewhere after yesterday's fatal accident in Luxor, while others are reviewing their activities. Besides Kuoni, which organised the tour on which the nine Hongkongers died, EGL Tours has suspended balloon trips in destinations including Turkey and Australia. But EGL said it could not prevent individual holidaymakers from taking part in such activities at their own risk.

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 7:59am

Balloon tragedy latest in long line for Hong Kong tourists

The 2006 bus accident in Egypt, in which 14 Hongkongers died.

Yesterday's ballooning tragedy was not the first fatal accident involving Hong Kong tourists in Egypt and other locations. In 2006, a speeding tour bus on its way to Luxor from the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, ran off the highway and rolled over, killing 14 Hong Kong residents and injuring 30.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:29am

Luxor balloon operators compromise safety in fight for customers

A 45-minute hot-air balloon flight over the River Nile and across the Valley of the Kings has long been 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.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:29am

Nine Hong Kong tourists die in Egypt balloon fire

Nine Hong Kong tourists were killed on Tuesday when hot air balloon exploded as it was flying over Egypt’s ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing 19 people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chartered flights should ensure HK tourists arrive home safely today

All Hong Kong tourists stranded in Egypt will return today after several chartered flights were arranged by Beijing and Egypt.

About 270 were in the country, 60 of them in Cairo and 210 in the southern city of Luxor.

A group of 19 tourists in Cairo declined the chartered flight and returned aboard a scheduled flight.

2 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Travel advisory issued for Egypt amid protests

The government issued an amber travel alert for Egypt, calling on visitors to be on their guard amid violent protests across the country.

However, Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said no holiday itineraries had been affected because Egypt's most popular tourist spots were far from the towns and cities where the protests were taking place.

29 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

travellers' checks

Royal appointment

One of Melbourne's most treasured heritage hotels, the Victoria, in the city centre's Little Collins Street, has completed an A$8 million (HK$50 million) makeover designed to bring the 19th-century property into the 21st century.

9 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Al Moudira

Where? On the west bank of the Nile, near the Valley of the Kings, in Luxor, Egypt.

City boutique or rural retreat? Definitely the latter. A destination resort set within a sprawling private compound, Al Moudira looks across fields populated by farm workers, camels and donkeys, to the mountains of the desert beyond.

16 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Air deal awaits take-off

Direct air flights between Hong Kong and Egypt are on the horizon thanks to a bilateral agreement signed between the two governments.

EgyptAir, the country's national carrier, is hoping to offer twice-weekly directs flight to Cairo as soon as possible, according to Daniel & Co, the airline's general sales agent for Southeast Asia.

23 Jul 1999 - 12:00am


'Wei [Jingsheng] has gone abroad for medical treatment' - - Chinese Government statement.

'I certainly plan to go back. In fact, I never intended to leave' - Wei Jingsheng.

'The Egyptian people are a peaceful people' - Tourism Minister Mamduk el-Beltagui, at a loss over why gunmen should kill 68 tourists at Luxor.

23 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

SAR tourism chiefs call for extra care

Tourism chiefs in Hong Kong yesterday asked would-be visitors to Egypt to be extra careful, but they stopped short of issuing a warning against travelling to the country.

'We urge individuals to be aware of potential problems in the country.

'But they will have to decide for themselves whether to go or not,' a Travel Industry Council spokesman said.

19 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Ancient wonders lure locals

Hong Kong tourists are flocking to the Land of the Pharaohs in growing numbers.

Visitors from Hong Kong have increased nearly 400 per cent in three years.

'There is a real tourist boom happening at the moment,' Egyptian Consul-General Ali Maher El-Dali said.

23 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Ancient city gets ready for Tutankhamen's anniversary

THE city of the hundred gates, later known as Luxor, or city of palaces, is being prepared by Egyptian tourism authorities to host an historic occasion.

In November, this ancient city renowned for its colossal monuments, will host Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida as a part of a festival arranged to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Royal Opera House.

23 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Mummy's the word for the stayaways

EGYPT'S once-booming tourist trade, deathly ill from the violence of Islamic militants, has turned for help to 11 of the land's biggest celebrities - themselves already dead for 3,000 years.

22 Jun 1994 - 12:00am