NEW YORK -- Tour operators are putting the finishing touches on
their 2002 offerings, and agents should expect some new
itineraries, particularly in Egypt, and some competitive pricing.
Both Isram World of Travel and Ya'lla Tours are adding long
ground elements to their Egyptian lineups, giving clients an
alternative to Nile cruises.
Also, Portland, Ore.-based Ya'lla said it expects prices for its
Egypt and Morocco tours to drop about 10%, and in some cases 20%,
compared with last year.
Ronen Paldi, Ya'lla president, said the decreases were due to
the company's concentration on relationships with fewer hotel
suppliers in the markets.
Ya'lla, which pays base 12% commission, also worked deals in
Egypt that, according to the firm, will enable discounts of between
30% and 40% for children under age 12.
In Morocco, Paldi said the exchange rate made tours a better
deal for Americans.
Although prices are lower, he stressed that Ya'lla's services
were still intact, and the firm did not have to "cut any corners"
to get the decreased rates.
Ya'lla's newest Egypt program is called Pyramid, Sun, and the
Red Sea, which features two nights in Cairo and six nights in Sharm
"The purpose [of the new plan] is to open Egypt as a resort
destination, not just a touring destination," said Paldi. "The Red
Sea is becoming an important resort destination, but Americans
don't really have access to it."
The tour is priced at $1,895 per person, with air via Delta.
Ya'lla also offers Taste of Egypt, an eight-night trip with
private touring through Cairo, Aswan and Luxor.
Paldi said the trip, to be priced at around $1,625 per person
without air, is a "viable alternative to a Nile cruise."
For details, call Ya'lla at(800) 644-1595 or visit www.yallatours.com.
New York-based Isram introduced brochures for its 2002 tours to
Egypt and Morocco this month.
In Egypt, Isram's lineup includes the Grandeur of the Nile,
which offers a suite on a ship plus sightseeing by private car;
Ultimate Egypt, a cruise on the Sonesta Moon Goddess, and a
land-only program called Beyond the Pyramids.
The last plan is a new tour designed to appeal to clients who
want to see Egypt through a method other than a cruise.
"We felt it was time to have a more in-depth tour of Egypt,
seeing sights that one normally wouldn't have time for off of a
cruise ship," said Eileen Lowe Hart, vice president of marketing
The 11-night Beyond the Pyramids visits Cairo, Alexandria, Abu
Simbel, Aswan and Luxor, and offers some unusual attractions, like
a mummification museum in Luxor and a jewelry museum in
Air-inclusive prices are $3,795 per person.
Isram, which pays between 12% and 15% commissions, is pushing
Morocco as well, particularly as a honeymoon destination, according
For more information, call Isram at (800) 223-7460 or visit www.isram.com.