December 18, 2018 View in browser

While unrest and terrorist incidents continue to cloud the travel appeal of destinations far and near, there's now an unexpected bright spot: Egypt. After years of dormancy following the Arab Spring uprising of 2011, tourism to the Land of the Pharaohs is now roaring back, sparking new tour products for 2019 and increased business for travel advisors. The outlook for Egypt travel is robust — as long as calm prevails.

We're taking a break for the holidays, and will see you back in this same space on January 8. Enjoy.

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Skift Travel Advisor Editor Maria Lenhart [mbl@skift.com] curates the Skift Travel Advisor Innovation Report. Skift emails the newsletter every Tuesday. Have a story idea? Or a juicy news tip? Want to share a memo? Send her an email.

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