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Honduras: State Department Issues Travel Warning

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department reissued a travel warning for Honduras Dec. 24, citing high levels of crime and violence as grounds for added precautions. The country has had the highest murder rate in the world since 2010, with roughly 81 murders per 100,000 people for January through November 2013. Though U.S. citizens are not specifically [read more]

North Korea: Detained War Veteran Returns to U.S.

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

American Korean War Veteran Merrill Newman returned home Dec. 7 after being held as a war criminal for more than 40 days in Pyongyang. Newman was detained after completing a 10-day guided tour and removed from his home-bound flight in North Korea’s capital when he was suspected of illegal activity. The U.S. Department of State [read more]

India: New Tourist Centers to Open in Kerala

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Work is set to begin on a tourist protection center in Kozhikode District, Kerala. Kozhikode is a popular tourist destination because of beaches, temples and the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, and local authorities want to ensure visitor safety through the new Tourist Protection and Police Assistance Centre (TPPAC). Officials hope the center will reduce petty crimes [read more]

Haiti: Tourist Police Introduced

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Haiti has instituted a new tourist police force, called POLITOUR, to assist travelers. The service members will patrol popular attractions, offering assistance and security to tourists. The first graduates of the law enforcement academy included 52 members of the force and most are fluent in several languages, including English, French, Spanish a [read more]

Norway: Tourist Falls to Death at Preikestolen

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

A Spanish tourist fell to his death at the Preikestolen cliffs in Norway, the first person to die at the popular tourist destination. The rock formation is nearly 2,000 feet high and sees roughly 200,000 visitors each year, many of whom pose for photographs near the cliff’s edge. Officials are discussing the need for a [read more]

Indonesia: Series of Volcanic Eruptions at Mt. Sinabung

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Nearly 20,000 people fled their homes in Sumatra as the island’s Mt. Sinabung volcano erupted at least nine times Dec. 30. The volcano shot lava and gas 23,000 feet into the air and a three-mile danger zone has been enforced around the crater. The volcano was dormant for 400 years before erupting in 2010, [read more]

Austrailia: Tourist Sexually Assaulted in Cairns

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

A 22-year-old tourist walking alone was sexually assaulted and robbed in Cairns Nov. 3, but police charged three teenage boys with assault and robbery after finding her passport and other belongings in one of their homes. Several female tourists have been raped in Cairns in recent years and some reports say that the city has [read more]

Thailand: Large Crocodile Sighting Near Phuket

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Tourists were warned to stay off of beaches near Phuket after the sighting of a large crocodile just offshore. The crocodile, which may have come from a nearby marsh, is reportedly over nine feet long and was first spotted near the southern end of Mai Khao Beach Nov. 4. Rescue workers attempted to approach the [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]

Zanzibar: Tourist Police Introduced

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

A tourist police force has been introduced to Zanzibar, in a move that officials hope will ease the concerns of travelers to the island. The patrol unit is nation wide and tourist committees have been established in all districts, with additional police stations planned for the future. The safety of travel in Zanzibar has [read more]

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