Millions of tourists
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Oct 20, 2013 8:35 AM Last Post By: MotherCourage
Sep 28, 2013 12:32 AM
Millions of touristsDepending on what source you use there could be between 10 and 15 million tourists visiting Egypt this year, approximately 1 million every month.
However, as there have been no new questions on here for the last eight days it does seem that the Thorn Tree is not any more a source of information for them.
Hands up anyone who is here.
Sep 28, 2013 4:54 AM
Sep 28, 2013 6:15 AM
2Have to admit that i used to be a big fan of this sight for info but trip adviser seems to have so much more info with many more people posting etc. Plus , for some reason , ever since they rearranged this web sight, the drop down box seems broken when choosing a country. I reported it but nothing has changed so now it has become just an added aggravation. I am going to Egypt in December. Can't wait.....
Sep 28, 2013 7:09 AM
Sep 29, 2013 12:29 AM
who wish to ask a question? Only tourists and they don't frequent this site? In eight days?
Yes - basically.
Travel forums are usually most used by 'newbies' asking infos on region they don't know yet.
My guess is that currently there are almost no 'new' travelers in Egypt.
Either they are group-organized tourists (millions?) or they know the country anyway (<thousand).
Last time I was the only guest in 3of4 hotels and the only passenger on a Dahabjia and
probably the only non-bus-tourist at the pyramids - and that was before the re-revolution!
cochin321 raised another point, of course.
Its true - a few months ago the lp-forum was offline for several weeks and after going online
again most of the older threads and their valueable knowledge disappeared. I don't know the
reason for that - may be they simply had a servr crash and no backup at all?
But, of course, that somehow resetted the forum community and up to now it never recovered fully.
Its a pitty, since it used to be a more qualified forum than trip-advisor etc. (which have undubtedly
more infos, but you sometime have to read 100 posts to get one usefull among it).
Sep 29, 2013 2:46 AM
5You obviously were unaware as to the reason why the TT went down for many a long week over Christmas - a deliberate act by the management - plus the reason why older threads are no more - another deliberate act - as with pm's and other things.
A culmination of all this and other things has led to the poor attendance nowadays and I tend to just pop in every week or so to see what the latest developments (none) are.
But no questions in eight days, whether tourist or traveller orientated is appalling for what is touted as the premier company in this field.
Sep 29, 2013 5:15 AM
Sep 30, 2013 2:17 AM
7"no questions in eight days, whether tourist or traveller orientated is appalling for what is touted as the premier company in this field."
Of course it is. And for that you have to blame our esteemed masters, the Mods. Who seem to think their job title is spelled 'God'.
They've taken down /deleted Cat and several other Egypt-resident informative posters here. Those posters have not returned. (Me, I'm ornery and opened a new account to thumb my nose at them.)
If you look at the box that tells you how many posters are on at any one time, there are seldom over 100 these days, when once there were always 200+.
How to kill a website in two easy lessons?
Oct 1, 2013 12:53 AM
Oct 1, 2013 8:21 AM
9...... the TT is mostly about independent travellers, however I welcome "tourists" using Tour Companies taking them to new places too. Tourists asking questions here can add positively to their experience and maybe the next time chance it independently. The organised tour holiday is usually left to one person to organise or decide, might mean deciding for several people in a group, most just happily go along leaving the worrying to someone else.
The TT is driven by independent travellers in the main, at times plagued with Touts masquerading as fellow honest travellers or tourists, the hiatus in January damaged the community and continuity here, however, the withdrawing of the messaging is unfortunate but disrupted some cunning Touts at the same time. Where to find the balance.....
From a friend who travels frequently to Egypt on business, his observation is a collapse of tourism and of independent travellers. Before the two revolts he was picked up at the Airport by a driver in a Mercedes and a security guy, now two heavy 4X4 cars are used with 5 security/drivers. In between the revolts when tensions were lower just one heavy 4X4 and two men.
For shrewd independent travellers Egypt is a terrific destination, low cost and more to do and see than can be done on one trip, this is a destination that just keeps giving whatever number of times you go. For now its too unsettled and insecure, the security forces operation's rounding up Brotherhood supporters and other objectors to Army Rule means normal policing is suspended. A number of E.U. citizens are still detained weeks on without charge, why put yourself at risk of arrest, injury or robbery at this time.
Independent travellers tend to be tuned in to political and social issues of places they are interested in, tourists may just read the brochures. In this instance few have missed the protracted instability in Egypt, with two Presidents over-thrown, one a dictator, the second democratically elected, neither were popular, an Army General in charge now who's only half Egyptian and looking over his shoulder for a back stabber, its too unstable.
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