Washed-out British lovebirds flock to the Red Sea’s El Gouna
With wide-spread flooding, stop-start showers and lingering drizzle, it’s little wonder that Britons are leaving the country to find the sun in Red Sea resorts like El Gouna.
Tour operators Holiday Designers and Red Sea Holidays have both seen sales peak over the last fortnight and believe the erratic weather and lack of summer sunshine is the prime reason.
The seafront of the popular Red Sea resort El Gouna
And because of the near-guaranteed sunshine that El Gouna offers, it’s no surprise that the resort is a popular pick.
In particular, the Red Sea resort is proving attractive to couples, with the Three Corners Ocean View Hotel in El Gouna reporting a 16 per cent increase in UK bookings in recent weeks, all made by two adults sharing a double room.
Says Dan Lion, managing director at Holidays Designers: “Late bookings for El Gouna are typically made by couples heading over for a week to make use of their bank holidays rather than being stuck indoors at home.”
Both Holiday Designers and Red Sea Holidays report that it is the late deals that are really proving popular for people fed up with the rain, with most bookings made within two weeks of departure.
Jason Hilton, sales director at Red Sea Holidays, says El Gouna has been a popular choice for travellers since April this year. “Sales have been exceptionally strong since the Easter break, particularly late sales. There’s no doubt the unpredictable weather is playing a big part in driving sales with people desperate for some well-deserved sunshine,” he explains.
The Egyptian town of El Gouna has plenty to interest visitors
El Gouna is recognised as Egypt’s most environmentally friendly holiday destination, with unspoiled lagoons and miles of sandy beaches. The destination is affordable too – check out two deals offered by Holiday Designers and Red Sea Holidays.
Holiday Designers Sample Package
Spend seven nights at the five-star Mövenpick Resort & Spa, El Gouna, from just £545 per person with Holiday Designers. This offer is based on two adults sharing on a B&B board basis, baggage, transfers, airport tax and return flights from London Gatwick departing on 29 June 2012.
www.holiday-designers.com, 020 3384 0023.
Red Sea Holidays Sample Package
Spend seven nights at the four-star Fanadir Hotel, El Gouna, from just £599 per person with Red Sea Holidays. This offer is based on two adults sharing on a B&B board basis, baggage, transfers and return flights from London. Valid for travel from 1 until 18 July 2012.
www.redseaholidays.co.uk, 0845 026 5973
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