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Improved Stability in the Middle East Stimulating Pent-Up Travel Demand to Region
Tue, 12 Apr 2005, 11:23:00 ET

Egypt Up to Number Two Best Selling Destination at iExplore - Growth Also Seen For Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Israel & Jordan

CHICAGO, IL -- (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- iExplore ( reports increased demand for travel to the Middle East in 2005, including increased sales in each of Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan over this same period last year. Growing demand is attributed to decreasing hostilities in Iraq, Syria pulling its troops out of Lebanon and improving relations between Israel and Palestine.

iExplore Founder and CEO, George Deeb, said "With an improved perception of safety in the Middle East, U.S. travelers are beginning to act upon their pent up demand for travel to this region rich in culture and history."

Egypt has grown to iExplore's number two best selling destination in 2005, behind perennial best seller, Peru. Morocco, a traditional best seller prior to 9/11/01, is seeing renewed demand in 2005, currently ranked iExplore's number 13 best seller and up from number 30 last year. Syria, Lebanon, Isreal and Jordan, all lowly demanded destinations for iExplore's travelers over the last three years, are all starting to show dramatic increases in 2005. It is yet to be seen how last week's tourist-targeted bombings in Cairo will affect the upward swing in travel patterns to the region.

Sample itineraries to the region can be found at iExplore's website (, or by calling 1-800-IEXPLORE.

Founded in 1999, iExplore is the leading online seller of adventure and experiential travel. iExplore offers hundreds of made-to-order, guided tours that visit the farthest corners of the earth, particularly the man-made and natural wonders of the world.

iExplore services its clients through an expert staff of adventure consultants at 1-800-IEXPLORE and online at iExplore has been named the "Best Adventure Travel Website" by Forbes Magazine for five years in a row.


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