What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

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Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Rental Cars in Egypt

Car rentals, including 4x4's or Sport Utility Vehicles available from Car Hire AssistantTo get the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car rental in Egypt (or other countries in Africa), then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, not just local hire, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are confident that we can present you with the best prices and range of options for you hire car in Egypt (or other countries in Africa). Of course, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

The service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true, well not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in Egypt (or other countries in Africa) should be as painless as possible, therefore we provide you with a wide range of options, clear pricing, great prices, a simple, 3 stage booking process. 

Don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in Egypt (or other countries in Africa), if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.Compact and family car rentals available from Car Hire Assistant

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in Egypt (or other countries in Africa), or where it is most convenient to collect your hire car, be this at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. There really is every possibility we will be able to accommodate your wishes. 

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that laws and regulations are different in every country and this, would of course, include Egypt (or other countries in Africa). Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. 

We offer a wide range of vehicles in Egypt (or other countries in Africa), however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes (E Class, S Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series etc) and four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McClaren, Aston Martin etc).


Covering an area of around 1,010,000 square kilometres (390,000 square miles), Egypt is the 30th largest country in the world based on land mass. Is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north east, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west. Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East with over 81m people, it is the 15th largest country in the world based on population. Aside from the Nile Valley, the majority of Egypt's landscape is desert, which includes part of the Sahara Desert and the Libyan Desert. Due to the climate, the majority of the people live along the narrow Nile Valley and Delta where the only arable land is found. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities around the Nile. The tourism industry in general (including the Red Sea Riviera area) provides employment for around 12% of Egypt's workforce.

Egyptian culture has six thousand years of recorded history with Ancient Egypt being among the earliest civilizations. Egypt was first unified around 3200 BC and has been touched by the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs. Today its economy is predominantly based on agriculture, media, tourism and exports of natural gas and petroleum. Egypt is a conservative society, and has a strong Muslim community, they are also proud of their reputation for hospitality. For almost 13 centuries Arabic has been the written and spoken language of Egypt, although some Egyptians may speak a limited amount of Russian, German and English in the resorts.

Towns and cities include Alexandria, the second largest city; Aswan; Asyut; Cairo, the capital of Egypt and the largest city; El-Mahalla El-Kubra; Giza, the site of the Pyramid of Khufu; Hurghada; Luxor; Kom Ombo; Port Safaga; Port Said; Sharm el Sheikh; Zagazig; and Al-Minya. Oases include Bahariya, el Dakhla, Farafra, el Kharga and Siwa. Protectorates include the popular tourist attraction of Ras Mohamed National Park, as well as Zaranik Protectorate and Siwa.

Egypt is of course, one of the world's premier tourist destinations serving those seeking sunny a beach holiday at one of the Red Sea Riviera resorts, through to those wanting a cruise on the Nile or those interested in historical sightseeing. There are more than 80 pyramids in Egypt and most were built between 2600BC and 1500 BC, all are situated close to the Nile River. The most popular is the Pyramids of Giza. In fact, Giza boasts the largest pyramid rising to 481 feet. Other popular tourist sights include Abu Simbel which was carved out of sandstone and stand high above the Nile with the statues of Ramses II. The Karnak Temples has three main temples ( as well as some smaller ones), with the best known called the Temple of Arun. The modern town of Luxor (site of the city of Thebes) includes a row of sphinxes which line the entrance to Karnak Temple.

Located on the West Bank of the River Nile in Themes, the Valley of the Kings has some 62 tombs, most of which are in the east valley. Another popular destination is Alexandria where you can see the Roman Amphitheatre, King Farouk Palace, Pompey's Pillar and visit the Alexandra National Museum. Great places to visit around the beautiful Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh (situated on the Southern tip of the Sinai peninsula) include; St Catherine's Monastery, Tiran Island, Naama Bay, Sinai Mountain range, White Lagoon and Terrazina Beach. Red Sea resorts include; Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Hurghda, Makadi Bay, Marsa Alam, Sahl Hasheesh, Some Bay, Taba and Taba Heights.

Egypt has some 27 airport, loosely described as regional, national and international, these include: Alexandria: Borg El Arab Airport (HBE), Cairo: Cairo International Airport (CAI), Hurghda: Hurghada Airport (HRG), Luxor: Luxor Airport (LXR), Marsa Alam: Marsa Alam Airport (RMF) and Sharm el Sheikh: Sharm el Sheikh International Airport (SSH).

General information:

Temperatures in Egypt average between 27°C and 32°C in the summer, and can rise to 43°C on the Red Sea coast. Typical winter temperatures average between 13 °C and 21°C. A steady wind from the northwest helps lower temperatures near the Mediterranean coast. The months of June, July and August are generally the hottest and December to January is classed as winter. Even during the winter The Sinai Peninsula boasts an average daytime temperature of 18°C, whilst the north east coast is a little lower averaging 14°C in winter.

Road accidents are very common in Egypt, principally due to poor road conditions (including main roads), dangerous driving and non-enforcement of traffic laws. Police estimate that road accidents kill over 6,000 people in Egypt each year. This is double the UK figure. Visitors to Egypt are advised to avoid driving outside main cities and resorts at night and the need to observe the local speed limits. Medical insurance is essential given that local accident emergency medical facilities are limited. Visitors can drive in Egypt provided they have an International driving permit. Seatbelts must be worn when travelling in the front of a vehicle. Quad bikes can be dangerous and there have been several serious quad bike accidents involving British nationals in resort areas. The condition of many quad bikes varies considerably and a reputable tour company should be used. You should always wear a crash helmet and, once again, ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you fully before you hire a quad bike

If you are considering diving or snorkelling in any of the Red Sea resorts you should be aware that the safety standards of diving operators can vary considerably and it is recommended, where possible, that the bookings are made through your tour representative. You should also ensure that your insurance cover allows for this activity. You should also ensure that your travel insurance, or that of the tour or dive company, provides adequate cover for the costs involved in any air/sea rescue if you are lost at sea. Egyptian authorities will only undertake air/sea rescue operations on receipt of a payment guarantee.

Egyptian society is conservative and women should dress modestly especially in rural areas, mosques and souqs (markets). Women should cover their legs and upper arms and men should cover their chests. Local laws reflect the fact that Egypt is predominantly an Islamic country. Drinking in the street and anywhere other than a licensed restaurant or bar is not allowed and can lead to arrest. For men, speaking to an unknown Egyptian woman is a breach of etiquette.

In Egypt it is generally accepted that you should tip after you have received a service, this can even be opening a door!. In a restaurant this would normally be 10% of the bill. In your hotel, rather than tip each member of staff with whom you had contact (porter, maid service etc), it is customary to leave an envelope at reception which can then be divided amongst them later. It is not normally necessary to tip a taxi driver, particularly if you have already agreed a price for the journey.. ATM's are available in the main resort areas and cities with instructions in English.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.


The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.

easyJet, the UK’s biggest commercial air fare, celebrated its new Sharm el-Sheikh route with a camel meet and greet at check-in on the 25th February.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, commented: “There isn’t a better way to celebrate the launch of our new Sharm el-Sheikh route than by evoking the spirit of Egypt and bringing a camel into the airport for all to see.”

Sharm-el Sheikh is one of 3 new easyJet routes to take-off from London Stansted Airport this year.

The airline has already started flying to Marrakech in Morocco and Sofia in Bulgaria as one element of easyJet’s broadened summer 2013 timetable which will see 65,000 inexpensive seats to these locations offered from London Stansted Airport per year.

The three new routes are proving popular with travellers given more than 1,000 {tourists|holidaymakers} travelled to the new locations last week alone.

Mr Aitken added: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer our passengers the chance to fly to Sharm el-Sheikh and Marrakech as they offer year-round sun for the first time from London Stansted Airport.

“We’re fully committed to making travel to more varied destinations, further away from home, easy and affordable, at the best value and best availability for our passengers and I know travellers will enjoy exploring these three new holiday hot-spots.”

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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are advising against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the Governorate of South Sinai in Egypt.

The travel advice in relation to the South Sinai region including the popular St Catherine’s monastery. The travel advice excludes the popular “Red Sea Resorts”, such as Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba; travel between the resorts and the airports in Taba and Sharm el Sheikh.

The FCO advises that there has been a significant increase in criminal activity including vehicle hijacks and kidnappings.

For those renting a car, the FCO advises extra caution when travelling to and from resorts during the hours of darkness. This is due both to the latest events and the generally poor standards of driving. They go on to advise that consideration should be given to utilising the services of local hotel or airport transfer agents. Hotel and airport transfer services can be booked prior to arrival, as well as locally through tours operators or agents.

For more information and specific advice, visit the FCO Travel Section for Egypt.

If you are looking to hire a car in Egypt, including the major cities or Cairo and Alexandria, the Red Sea Resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, or on of the resorts local airports, this can be arranged through car rental price comparison site, Car Hire Assistant.


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Egyptian minister of tourism Hisham Zazou has denied there will be any negative impact on tourism in the country following a recent attack on the Egyptian-Gaza border.

Military helicopters fired missiles on suspected Islamist militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula last night, reportedly killing 20 people in Touma village.

The Sheikh Zuwaid area to the west was also hit.

The strikes came after security checkpoints in the area were allegedly attacked by gunmen in the town of al-Arish.

However, Zazou has denied there will be any impact on Egyptian tourism, which is still struggling to return to normal after a year of political turmoil.

Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian president, also pledged at weekend to guarantee security for tourists.

Elhamy El-Zayat, head of the Egypt Tourism Federation, earlier warned the total loss to the tourism sector in 2011 was estimated to be $833.3 million.

One third of the workers in this field were laid off, he added.

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Egyptian tourism minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour has confirmed the sale of alcohol will be banned during Islamic holidays.

The decision marks an expansion of the long standing ban on the sale of intoxicating liquor during the holy month of Ramadan. According to reports from Egyptian state news agency MENA, Egyptians will no longer be able to purchase alcoholic beverages during four other major Islamic holidays. Islamic precepts state the consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden at all times.

The sale of alcohol will now be banned during the Islamic New Year, the holiday commemorating the Israa and Me’rag, Prophet Mohamed’s birthday and the day of Arafa. MENA reported Abdel-Nour’s decision was made out of respect for “the feelings of Muslims.”

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The annual British Behaviour Abroad report, compiled by the Foreign Office & Commonwealth Office, has revealed staff handled 19,874 assistance cases last year – up three per cent from the previous year.

The report highlights a significant increase in the number of hospitalisations reported to consular staff among British people travelling to popular holiday hotspots including Spain, Greece and Egypt.

In the year to March 31st 2012, on average, 70 British people were hospitalised every week while abroad. Over 30 per cent of these were in Spain – of which half were on the islands of Majorca and Ibiza which have seen a steep rise in cases over the past two years. USA and France also recorded significant numbers of cases.

Minister for consular services Jeremy Browne said: “While the prospect of ending up in a foreign hospital may be the last thing on your mind as you head overseas for a summer break, sometimes things do go wrong on holiday and many people deeply regret not taking out comprehensive travel insurance.

“We witness many cases where people have invalidated their policy – perhaps by not declaring a pre-existing medical condition or not checking their policy covers a particular activity, such as hiring a moped. Unfortunately they are then surprised that the Foreign Office cannot pay for their bills and flight home. I urge anyone heading overseas this summer to research their destination, take out comprehensive travel insurance, and carefully check the small print of their policy.”

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Holidaymakers are once again looking at Egypt as a potential holiday destination after its recent troubles.

Following Egypt’s move towards democracy, the easyJet Holidays website is reporting a strong increase in sales with traffic continuing to bounce back to pre-revolution interest levels.

Mandy Round, general manger commented: “While there was a temporary drop in bookings following the troubles, you can see a spike in interest that coincided with the elections in May and it has continued to thrive. It is not surprising that the destination remains resilient as it offers year-round sunshine, quality hotels and well as the cultural aspects and some of the best diving in the world.”

Although easyJet’s airline seat sales were maintained over the period of the revolution, tour operator sales across the industry were impacted. The easyJet Holidays website saw interest levels spike in January when Egypt was the top selling destination, taking an eight per cent share of the business.

The site is now reporting an increase in traffic to its Egypt pages of ten per cent in May when the country came back into the headlines because of the elections and a further 20 per cent during June. Traffic to its ‘2012 Holidays in Egypt’ page saw a staggering increase of almost 300 per cent from May to June. The recovery continues with the first ten days of July seeing an increase in traffic and bookings over the same period up by more than 15 per cent year-on-year.

Sharm El Sheikh which suffered less disruption than other areas of the country is also seeing steady web traffic increases growing by 30 per cent and 20 per cent for May and June respectively.

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Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to...


Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.


Heathrow passengers are the first in the world to use an revolutionary technology as component of the airport’s drive to further enhance the passenger experience. Terminal 1 passengers are being asked to participate in a 2 month ‘self-boarding’ trial in collaboration with South African Airways, which makes use of biometric data to help them board their flights quicker and more efficiently.

Once passengers arrive at the ‘self-boarding’ gate, they pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infrared scan of their face. This data is verified against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. When the 2 sets of data scans are successfully met, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight. The technology means that a passenger’s identification only needs to be checked by airline staff once during the whole departure process, minimising the amount of time it takes for passengers...


Dubai International has broken another monthly record by receiving, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose by 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 for the same period in 2012.

It is also acknowledged that most markets improved in January through a combination of holiday traffic and visitors to the ever popular Dubai Shopping Festival. In addition, flight links continue to be widened between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012.

For example in the course of the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh while flydubai expanded its network to include Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also introduced flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair introduced links...


South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented...


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