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Holidays 2019: Most dangerous countries in the world REVEALED – latest travel advice | Travel News | Travel




The most dangerous countries in the world for 2019 have been revealed in a map which has rated the riskiest destinations when it comes to security. International SOS and Control Risks has highlighted the countries which have extreme risks, many of which are found in the Middle East and Africa and shouldn’t be visited under any circumstances. An ABTA Spokesperson told “Wherever you travel it is really important that you check the Foreign Office (FCO) country travel advice before booking, and continue to check it before you travel as the advice can change. The advice provides the latest information on a range of topics, including entry requirements, local laws and customs and health, as well as safety and security. There are some places in the world where the FCO advises against travel, either to entire countries or in some cases parts of a country.

“If you book a package holiday, bear in mind that tour operators will not send customers to countries or parts of countries where the FCO is advising against travel, but it is still important that you check FCO advice to enable you to make a properly informed decision about where you wish to travel.”

International SOS has the following definition for countries with extreme travel risks: “Government control and law and order may be minimal or non-existent across large areas.

“Serious threat of violent attacks by armed groups targeting travellers and international assignees. Government and transport services are barely functional. Large parts of the country are inaccessible to foreigners.”


Britons should not travel to Libya at all, said the FCO. Anyone there should leave immediately by commercial means. Terrorists are “very likely” to try to carry out attacks.

“This advice has been in place consistently since 2014. Local security situations are fragile and can quickly deteriorate into intense fighting and clashes without warning.”


Terrorists are also “very likely” to try to carry out attacks in Mali, including kidnaps.

The FCO advises against all travel to the provinces of Tombouctou, Kidal, Gao and Mopti and parts of the provinces of Kayes, Koulikoro and Segou. All but essential travel to the rest of Mali is inadvisable.


British citizens should avoid all travel to Syria and anyone there should leave however they can.

“The situation remains extremely volatile and dangerous. High levels of violence persist throughout Syria,” said the FCO.

Terrorists are “very likely” to try to carry out attacks in Syria. There is also a very high threat of kidnapping throughout the country.

Central African Republic

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to central Bangui between the Airport and the Oubangui river and arise against all travel to the rest of Bangui and the Central African Republic.

“Tensions are high in Bangui and across the country,” said the FCO. “Since January 2015, there have been a number of kidnappings of government ministers and humanitarian and UN workers. Terrorist attacks in the Central African Republic can’t be ruled out.”

South Sudan

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to South Sudan. If you’re in South Sudan, you should leave if it’s safe to do so.

The FCO said: “There are daily reports of fighting between armed groups across the country, and regular reports of serious criminality in the capital Juba. The British Embassy and most international organisations observe a self-imposed curfew.”

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The FCO advises against travelling to large parts of the DCR. They say if your presence is not “essential” you should leave.

The security situation in eastern DRC remains unstable. Public gatherings and demonstrations can be called with little or no notice and can quickly turn violent in DRC and “there are continued reports of kidnappings, including of staff from international NGOs.”


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to Somalia.

“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Somalia,” said the FCO. “There is a high threat of kidnap throughout Somalia. Terrorist groups have made threats against westerners and those working for western organisations.”


The FCO advise against all travel to Yemen. “This includes the mainland and all islands. If you’re in Yemen, you should leave immediately.”

The FCO added: “Yemen remains very tense and unstable and the security situation throughout the country is dangerous and in some areas it is unclear which faction has control. In addition to ongoing fighting, there’s a threat of terrorist attacks, kidnap and unlawful detention against foreigners.”


Travel to huge areas of Afghanistan is inadvisable. The level of consular assistance the British Embassy can provide to travellers in Afghanistan is extremely limited. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.


The FCO advise against all travel to within 80km of the Colombian border and 40km of the Brazilian border.

“Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active along the border area with Colombia and Brazil and there is a risk of kidnapping.” There is also ongoing crime and instability.


The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua. There has been a prolonged period of political unrest and street violence in many areas. There is no British Embassy in Nicaragua.


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Opinion: Are we ready for the tourism rebound?




Canadians are ready for the borders to be re-opened and will be flocking to sun destinations this winter like never before. The number of people who have said that they are ready to “get out of Dodge” and “fly the coop” is an indication that there is a pent-up demand for travel and excursions that has been bolstered by a two-year sabbatical from vacations of any semblance. 

While Canadians are going to be heading south, we can expect some of our citizens as well as those from other nations to be looking to Canada for their adventure holidays. When the requirements for the two-week quarantines are lifted, we will be seeing a quick rebound of tourism as other countries who have already lifted their restrictions have seen. 

But are we ready?

In 2019, tourism contributed $105 billion to the Canadian economy. Tourists from outside of Canada spent over $16 billion dollars.  Those numbers were down considerably in 2020 and it is only natural that many people in the industry suffered as a result of the effects of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

While some folks, fearful of the spread of variants, believe that the borders should never be re-opened, the reality is that to save our tourism industry and the economy, we need tourist traffic from outside of Canada as well as interprovincial travel. As Canadian and foreign tourists start their migration towards our tourist and nature attractions, there is some hesitancy about the readiness of the industry to manage the coming tsunami of people.

Hit harder than many sectors, the tourism industry has been affected by the pandemic in ways that other industries haven’t. The closure of attractions, fairs, tour bus companies, sporting events, concerts and community events with any semblance of a large group has forced workers in this industry to look for jobs elsewhere to survive. As a result of this migration of talent there will be many tourism related businesses that will have difficulty scaling up to meet demand.  According to Statistics Canada, 32 per cent of accommodation and food service companies expect that attracting workers is going to be an obstacle for them this year.

Even if you have some warm bodies to fill your positions, having well-trained staff will remain a problem for many tourism and food service companies. Most business leaders in the industry understand the result of having improperly trained staff working in positions serving the public. The consequences of poor customer service can be long lasting and devastating. Unfortunately, as a result of the constant opening up and shutting down scenarios that have been seen in the economy over the past 18 months, most operators have been reluctant to increase the staffing levels that will be necessary to meet demand. The consequences will be that there will be no other option but to have staff that are not fully trained or optimally equipped to take care of the flood of vacationers.

In order to adjust to the coming demand, tourism-related businesses will need to be prepared to hire and train new employees to promote and deliver their services. This should include systematization of training, hiring and onboarding processes to enable companies to get up to speed quickly when the demand starts.  

While tourism deserves to have their days in the sun and profit from increased business, we need to recognize as Canadians that it takes a country to host visitors and we need to encourage and support those people in the industry who have been hit so hard.

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COVID-19: Tourism bookings start increasing as B.C. opens up




Tourism in B.C. is restarting but don’t expect it to be the same as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

While B.C. Ferries is welcoming recreational travellers and relaxing its mask requirement at terminals, face coverings will still be mandatory on board whenever you’re not in your vehicle.

Several Indigenous tourism businesses and locations that were closed to visitors are planning to reopen July 1.

Other tourism businesses are welcoming back visitors but won’t be in a position to handle big volumes because of a lack of staff, said Anthony Everett, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island.

“Everyone needs to travel with a great deal of patience,” Everett said from Nanaimo. “Most businesses are running at a fraction of capacity of what they did prior to COVID.”

Many tourism sector workers have left the industry and found work elsewhere, Everett said. Particularly hard hit are restaurants that can’t find kitchen workers and companies doing tourism-related activities such as kayaking.

He said the benefits of tourism won’t be evenly distributed.

Last year, Victoria struggled all summer long and while bookings for accommodation have increased, some of the city’s restaurants are only open for lunch, others only for dinner.

“This is all going to take time to build up,” Everett said.

“Frankly, I think it will take years. This summer, bookings are going up, that’s what we’re been waiting for. It’s not going to be the exact same experience you were used to prior to the pandemic. I hope people remember and recognize that.”

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Mountain biking the Sea to Sky Trail




With the 700-metre granite dome of the Stawamus Chief as a backdrop, my friend, Ken, and I climbed on our bikes in Squamish and began pedalling north. Our destination was Whistler, an uphill trek of some 80km that we hoped to cover in two days.

It would be easier to ride the opposite way—from Whistler to Squamish—because it’s downhill. But it wouldn’t be the Sea to Sky Trail if we rode that way. Besides, how hard could an elevation gain of more than 600 meters be?

I have driven the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler many times. It’s arguably one of the best drives in Canada, but when I learned about the Sea to Sky Trail, I knew I needed to experience it on a bike. It’s a slower pace, and largely away from the highway, so it would allow us to appreciate the journey—the valleys, river gorges, lakes, and forests—in a way you can’t in a car.

While the Indigenous peoples of the Coast Salish and Interior Salish have used this corridor as a historic travel and trade route, the idea of a multi-purpose Sea to Sky Trail was first imagined in the early 1990s. But given the geographical and funding challenges, it’s only been in the last decade or so that the vision of the 180km trail from Squamish to D’Arcy, north of Pemberton, has been realized.

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