Thursday, February 01, 2007

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The war on tourism


"Police last month reportedly foiled a plot by Islamist militants to blow up foreign ships at the port of Casablanca, and other landmarks, including hotels in Marrakesh and Agadir." Trapped suspects blow themselves up

April 2006
Bombings at three locations in the Egyptian resort city of Dahab killed 23 people, including three foreigners. More than 80, including many foreign tourists, were injured. Timeline: terror attacks in Africa

April 2005
Three foreign tourists were killed by a suicide bomber at the Khan al-Khalili market in Cairo. Three weeks later, a bomb was detonated in another incident linked to the same militant group and a tourist coach was sprayed with bullets. Timeline: terror attacks in Africa

October 2004
Three terror attacks in resorts and hotels in Taba and near Nuweiba in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, killed 34 people and injured 159. Timeline: terror attacks in Africa

May 2003
Thirty-three people were killed and more than 100 injured by five almost simultaneous suicide bomb attacks on "western and Jewish" targets in Casablanca. Timeline: terror attacks in Africa

November 2002
A 'suicide car bomb' exploded at an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombassa, killing three Israelis and ten Kenyans. Timeline: terror attacks in Africa

April 2002 Twenty-one people were killed and more than 30 injured after a natural gas truck loaded with explosives was driven into the Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba. Fourteen German tourists, six Tunisians and one Frenchman died. Timeline: terror attacks in Africa

A series of bomb or grenade explosions in the Thai capital killed three people and injured about 30 others, including at least eight foreigners. BBC NEWS Asia-Pacific Bangkok blasts leave three dead

Sri Lanka -At least 42 civilians have been killed in targeted attacks this month - Children shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka
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Audley Travel in Indonesia


In Indonesia, Audley Travel may take you to:

The Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta Western Java

"old and sad looking interior"

"Disappointing"

The Losari Coffee Plantation Resort & Spa Central Java

"Disappointed"

"Overrated"

"Great, but.........."

Malya Hotel, Bandung Western Java

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Indonesia ranked 60th out 124 in a new global survey on tourism competitiveness: the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007, released by the World Economic Forum.
Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore have the most attractive environments for developing the travel and tourism industry, according to the report. http://www.weforum.org/pdf/tourism/summary.pdf


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Audley Travel


"Given up on Audley an outfit... which has gone downhill since it was Asian Journeys." Dave and Mandy at PMP
Audley travel "The website of this posh English travel company has fairly typical and patronising guff: From the stone-age tribes hidden in Sulawesi's remote forests to the devout Hindus making their daily sacrifices at Bali's countless temples and shrines, life here proceeds at a different pace, a gentle pageant of custom and tradition in lush, verdant landscapes of great beauty." Cached
"Audley Travel is one of the few tour operators which travels to Burma, one of the world's most brutal military dictatorships. Tourism helps prolong the existence of the illegitimate regime. Human-rights abuses connected to tourism include forced labour, which has been used to develop many tourist facilities, while more than a million people have been evicted from their homes to make way for hotels, airports and golf courses.... Audley Travel claims to work with Tourism Concern 'to ensure that our own policies and commitments are effective'. Tourism Concern would like to make clear that this is a false statement and that we have never worked with Audley Travel. We urge that the tourism boycott of Burma continues." -Francesca Leadlay Tourism ConcernLondon N7. Your letters Letters The Observer
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Travel warnings


"When the overseas deaths of British nationals are analysed, the same trends are seen: deaths from natural causes are most common (73% to 82% of deaths from 1998 through 2001), with those from accidents and injuries second most common (14% to 17%) . Road accidents account for 53% to 72% of deaths from accidents each year." NaTHNaC - Travellers, Travel Health Information Sheets, Personal ...

Tropical diseases
http://www.thehtd.org/travel/

Other dangers

The following comes from:
Travel Advisories Index - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs ...

Israel
"We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Israel at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack... We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by tourists."

United Kingdom
"The United Kingdom lowered the threat level to 'Severe' on 14 August 2006. This means that an attack is highly likely and indicates a continuing high level of threat to the United Kingdom."

Egypt
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Egypt because of the high threat of terrorist attack. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners such as resorts and hotels and symbols of the Egyptian Government. Attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Egypt."

India
"We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in India because of the risk of terrorist activity by militant groups."

Indonesia
"We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack. We continue to receive a stream of reporting indicating that terrorists are in the advanced stages of planning attacks against Western interests in Indonesia against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners."

Kenya
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya because of the high threat of terrorist attacks against Western interests in Kenya and high crime levels. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners."

Malaysia
"We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Malaysia because of the risk of terrorist attack."

Morocco
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco because of the high threat of terrorist attack against Western interests. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners."

Philippines
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines because of the high threat of terrorist attack. We continue to receive credible reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners."

Russia
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Russia because of the threat of terrorist activity, particularly by Chechen separatists. Russian authorities continue to warn of the possibility of further terrorist attacks in Moscow."

Singapore
"We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Singapore, because of the risk of terrorist attack."

Spain
"We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Spain because of the risk of terrorism and street crime."

Sri Lanka
"We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Sri Lanka at this time because of ongoing civil unrest, the volatile security situation and the very high risk of terrorist attacks."

Thailand
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution because of the high threat of terrorist attack. We continue to receive reports that terrorists may be planning attacks against a range of targets, including tourist areas and other places frequented by foreigners."

Tunisia
"We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Tunisia because of the risk of terrorist attack."

Turkey
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey because of the high threat of terrorist attack. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners."

United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the United Arab Emirates because of the high threat of terrorist attack. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against Western interests in the United Arab Emirates. Commercial and public areas frequented by Westerners are possible terrorist targets."

The following comes from: Travel Advice by Country Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Australia
"You should be aware of the threat from terrorism in Australia. Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. The Australian authorities have carried out a number of arrests as a result of investigations into terrorist networks."

France
"There is a threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners."

Ireland
"Ireland shares with the rest of Europe a threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets."France "There is a threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners."

USA
"The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated the terror alert status of 'orange', or high, for all international and domestic flights in the USA."