Egyptian pilgrims cancelling reservations over MERS concerns

May 21, 2014 1:52 am

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.