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UK: Romanain Gypsies Target Shoppers in London

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Holiday shoppers in London’s West End are increasingly becoming targets of harassment by Romanian gypsies begging for money. Last summer, Westminster City Council officials evicted the Roma from a camp and helped pay for some to return to Romania, but they have come back and shoppers are complaining about aggressive begging. Many of the gypsies [read more]

Malta: Renters Fined

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

Locals who rent out homes through without proper licensing may face hefty fines up to $31,000. Under the Travel and Tourism Services Act, all hosts offering rental accommodations must be registered with the Malta Tourism Authority. To avoid legal repercussions, visitors booking accommodations in Malta through should confirm that hosts are licensed to [read more]

Thailand: Authorities Crack Down on Nitrous Oxide Sales

Date: September 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Authorities are cracking down on the sale of laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, to tourists in Thailand. The gas, commonly sold in balloons in Bangkok’s popular Khao San Road district, costs about $4 a dose and has grown popular with backpackers. Eight vendors have been arrested in recent weeks for selling medicine without a license, [read more]

China: Fake Monks Arrested for Swindling Mt. Wutai Tourists

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Six people were arrested for impersonating monks and fleecing unsuspecting tourists in the Buddhist complex of Mount Wutai, a popular religious site in northeastern Shanxi. Authorities have closed down two temples where fake monks had been operating, conning visitors into “donating” large sums of cash or paying outrageous fees for temple ceremonies. Tourists should be [read more]

El Salvador: Security Issues Prompt Updated Travel Warning

Date: January 30th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Dept. of State has updated its travel warning to reflect ongoing security issues in El Salvador. Crime and violence continue to be serious problems throughout the country, and while U.S. citizens do not appear to be targeted specifically, 22 Americans have been murdered there in the past two years. Extortion, kidnapping and passport [read more]

Thailand: Tourists Drugged, Robbed in Pattaya

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Two tourists were drugged and robbed by a woman in Pattaya, the second reported incident of its kind in the past month. The woman took the two to a local bar, where they were given drinks laced with drugs. Several hours later, the two Omani nationals woke up to find that several belongings and $400 [read more]

United Kingdom: Officials Crack Down on Drug Tourism

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Officials are cracking down on drug tourism in southwestern England. Not often thought of as a major drug-related or wild party destination, the UK has created a taskforce to address a growing issue of illicit drug sales in Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall, and Dorset. The crime unit Zephyr recently seized nearly [read more]


Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

A high degree of crime occurs in and around the tourist areas of Naples. While most crime in Italy’s third-largest city is not violent, purse and camera snatching, pickpocketing and break-ins are commonplace. Criminal gangs operate efficiently in the areas that tourists tend to frequent, such as the Centro Historico, Piazza Garibaldi (the central train [read more]

Mexico: Tourist-Zone Crime Adds to Image Problem

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Another barrage of negative headlines has thrust Mexico into the international spotlight, but this time its tourist zones are directly involved, increasing safety concerns and worrying those who rely on tourism jobs and revenue. Recent media coverage of a daytime murder in Mexico City’s busy Zona Rosa, along with the case of six Spanish tourists [read more]

Tanzania: U.S. Embassy Warns of Street Crime Wave

Date: January 30th, 2013 | No Comments

A spike in street crime has prompted the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam to issue an emergency message to its citizens. In the past three months alone, more than 20 U.S. citizens have been victims of a violent assault. Taxi robbery is increasingly common, along with bag snatching, burglary, hotel robbery and ATM “express” [read more]

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