Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2617 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2668 times:
The forbes article is suspect, they didn't even spell Sharm El Sheik correctly!
The Thomas Cook website contains the following statement;
Explosion In Naama Bay, Sharm El Sheik.
UPDATED AT: 10.30 25 July 2005 - Version 2.0
Following the incident in an area of Naama Bay on Saturday 23 July, Thomas Cook can confirm that its operations to Egypt are continuing as normal. All of Thomas Cook's guests and staff in the affected area were not involved in the incident and are safe and well.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6642 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2441 times:
Things can be so different in different countries. Here in Denmark half of all news broadcasts deal with the fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs haven't immediately sent the air force to Sharm El Sheik to evacuate all Danish holiday makers. It is a constant whining on cell phones from SSH mixed with officials from the travel agencies blaming the ministry to pass the bill to the travel agencies.
The ministry says that all Danes are free to travel anywhere in the world including places where the ministry warns that personal safety may be extraordinarily compromised. And the ministry will evacuate when there is an immediate life threatening danger. "Should we have evacuated 50,000 Danes from London two weeks ago?" he also said.
One travel agency spokesman said that in the future his agency will act exactly according ministry rules, meaning that if the ministry won't evacuate, then his agency won't pay one penny extra for bringing people back home earlier.
A ministry spokesman commented that it was pleasant to get exact product information before one had to buy a charter trip, even if he questioned the marketing value of the statement. The travel agencies, he said, have the responsibility for the wellbeing of their customers until they are home again. The tax payers step in when Danes are in a life threatening situation beyond the control of the travel agencies.
I for myself have never understood what business people have in questionable areas on different continents if they don't have a credit card to bring them back home on a scheduled airliner when they don't find fun any longer.
After a slow start 3-4 years ago - following the terror some 8-9 years ago - Egypt developed very fast to become a very popular holiday resort for Danes. Now it has come to a complete stop and it will last several years before another travel agency has Egypt in the program again.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm