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Tourism in Egypt

Bodies of last Hong Kong balloon victims identified through DNA

The Government Laboratory received the body samples after 10pm on Saturday and announced confirmation of the victims' identities in Cairo at 5pm Hong Kong time yesterday - just hours after relatives paid a tearful pilgrimage to Luxor.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 8:35am

Balloon pilot was not to blame for disaster in Egypt, say colleagues

Egyptian balloon pilots suspect the crash was caused by faulty hardware rather than human error on the part of Moman Mourad, the 28-year-old Sky Cruise pilot who jumped from the balloon and suffered severe burns.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:37am 1 comment

Egyptian balloon operators could be back in business this week

Operators of hot-air balloons in Luxor may restart their trips this week despite ongoing investigations into the accident that killed nine Hongkongers and 10 other tourists on Tuesday.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Luxor tragedy puts safety of hot-air balloons in doubt

Although a journey by balloon has become one of the images most strongly associated with the film, this iconic symbol was never deployed in the book by Verne himself - the idea is briefly raised but dismissed, as it "would have been highly risky and, in any case, impossible".

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Video a chilling prelude to balloon calamity

In the candid scenes, visitors from Hong Kong, France, Japan, Britain, Hungary and Egypt merrily wave at the camera and snap pictures as the balloon is inflated. A young Chinese woman poses for photos with her family.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

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Ship shape

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

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


Correction: In last week's travel feature, the end point of the Nile cruise should have been Aswan, not Assam, which is, of course, in India. We apologise for the error, which was introduced in the editing process.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

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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

Angry families of Egypt bus crash victims may sue

Survivors of last month's bus crash in Egypt and relatives of the 14 Hong Kong tourists who were killed are considering legal action over what they claim has been their 'appalling'' treatment since they arrived home.

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Tourists from HK unfazed by Egypt blasts

It's a hard sell - promoting your country as a hot travel destination days after a bomb kills more than 60 people in a popular tourist resort.

But an Egyptian tourism delegation says the bombing on July 23 in Sharm el-Sheikh has not affected tourism figures from Hong Kong. The delegation is visiting as part of an Asia-wide tour to attract more travellers.

1 Aug 2005 - 12:00am




28 May 2002 - 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

The tourist trail changes direction

THE tourism industry has long been considered one of the pillars of the Egyptian economy.

More than one million Egyptians earn their living directly from tourism, and millions more in the construction, furnishing, catering and carpet-making industries rely on it.

23 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Egypt looks beyond the pyramids

EGYPT will be represented at InterTour by the Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA), and one of the nation's leading travel agencies, Misra Travel.

The ETA stand will be managed by its Tokyo office, which oversees tourism in the region.

Both the ETA and Misra are to target the Far East market.

3 Jun 1993 - 12:00am