The Foreign Office, which until yesterday was advising travellers to be "vigilant", expressed shock and regret at the attack, but issued no new advice.
A Swedish travel company cancelled all trips to Egypt and said it would bring home all customers on holiday there. Fritidsresor has about 1,000 people on holiday in Egypt.
Jihan Salah, a spokesman for an Egyptian travel company, said yesterday: "The image for the long run is really bleak." But Egypt's tourism minister, Mamdouh el-Beltagi, insisted: "Egypt is no less safe than any destination including the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and everywhere."Reuse content