February 27, 2000 |
Europe Austria: Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Vienna to denounce the inclusion of a far-right party in the new national government, and Austria began feeling a tourist backlash. Last weekend, at least 150,000 protesters gathered peacefully at Heroes' Square in the capital to oppose the Freedom Party's entry into the right-wing coalition government. On Feb.
November 26, 2000 |
Middle East Israel and the Territories: Weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence have devastated tourism in Israel, according to news accounts. The number of visitors dropped about 50% last month, and thousands have canceled vacation plans. Airlines have reduced flights, and some hotels have shut down temporarily. The State Department is warning Americans to put off travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
February 11, 2007 |
NO one expects to get sick on vacation. But some travelers fall ill or become injured while away from home, some severely enough to require medical care. Carrying your medical information can increase the chances of getting effective treatment, experts say, because the doctor at your destination can familiarize himself quickly with it. What information should you have? It depends on your health status, said Drs. Kathleen Cowling, an emergency physician at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Mich.
January 24, 1999 |
Middle East Yemen: Americans were warned to defer travel to Yemen, and officials there reported a substantial drop in tourism because of the killings of four Western tourists on Dec. 29. The three Britons and an Australian died during a shootout as Yemeni troops tried to rescue 16 hostages from Islamic extremists in Abyan province, about 175 miles southeast of Sana, the capital.
June 22, 1997 |
Western Europe As masses of Americans begin summer trips to Europe, the State Department has some cautionary advice for travelers headed for some of the more popular countries: Britain: It has been a year since the last major Irish Republican Army attack in England, but terrorism remains a possibility. Although Americans are not targeted, they might be affected. Violent crime is relatively rare in Britain. Burglars and pickpockets, however, are very active in London and other large cities.
February 28, 1999 |
Worldwide Violent demonstrations erupted across Europe earlier this month after fugitive Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan, who had been hiding in the Greek Embassy in Kenya, was taken into Turkish custody and flown to Turkey. Three of Ocalan's supporters were killed as thousands of Kurdish demonstrators clashed with police and stormed Greek, Kenyan, Israeli and U.N. diplomatic sites in nearly two dozen cities.
July 27, 1997 |
Asia Cambodia: Following a violent change of government, the State Department posted a warning on Cambodia, advising Americans not to travel there and urging those already in the country to leave. Nonessential U.S. Embassy staff and dependents of embassy employees were ordered out. Two dozen Oklahoma college students who had traveled to Cambodia to teach English were evacuated to Thailand. The temple complex at Angkor Wat, a major tourist magnet, was deserted.
January 28, 2001 |
Asia Sri Lanka: A fatal attack on a group of foreign tourists has undercut Sri Lanka's efforts to attract tourism in one area even while its army battles rebels in others. Late last month, gunmen believed to be army deserters raided a beach resort in Hungama, on the southwest coast about 120 miles south of Colombo, killing a German man, raping a woman and holding a dozen German tourists at gunpoint for several hours.
September 21, 1997 |
Americans love "Best of . . ." lists, but there is a big one that most of us have never heard of. Luckily, it's readily available on the Internet's World Wide Web, but you should by all means avoid it if you have a pressing appointment or if it's near bedtime. The World Heritage List is a site to get lost in for hours. It's the ultimate digital locale for daydreaming.