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Egyptian pilgrims cancelling reservations over MERS concerns

: Wednesday, May 21 - 2014 @ 01:52

The Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF) has said cancellations of pilgrimages from Egypt to Saudi Arabia due to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have exceeded 25%, Daily News Egypt has reported. The chairman of the Economic Chamber of Tourism Companies, Basil Al-Sisi, confirmed a decline in bookings of pilgrimages, but said the numbers are to expected to be stable throughout Ramadan. “The virus will not affect turnout for the Umrah [pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina] during the months of Shaban and Ramadan,” Al-Sisi said.

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