Published on Friday, June 25, 2004

Tourism Concern backs FCO travel advice changes

Tourism Concern has welcomed moves by the Foreign and Commonwelth Office to change its travel advice.

The changes, as reported, include the creation of a Standing Advisory Panel, a Tourism Concern recommendation designed to ensure all parties affected by government travel advice have a say.

The move follows a campaign by the group to include destinations and trade bodies like ABTA involved in the FCO process on travel advice, which goes out to 250,000 people a week via its website.

Tourism Concern director Patricia BArnett said: "The FO has been unexpectedly open about the need for change in their travel advice. The Standing Advisiry Council is a practical way to ensure more transparent consultation continues on a permanent basis.

"We can no longer just stand aside and watch destinations suffer whilst they have no voice on whether British touirsts can visit them or not."

She cited the FCO's stance on Indonesia as being a case in point where it has advised against all non-essential travel for more than a year and a half in the wake of the Bali bombings.

Tourism Concern claims tourist numbers to Bali plummeted as a result, with sales revenues down in regions of Indonesia by 71%, with 31% of schools reporting students dropping out last year becasue their parents could no longer afford to pay basic fees.

Report by Phil Davies 



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  • FCO travel advice changes

    Being a KBYG campaign member it is refreshing to hear that the FCO is looking at how it advices holidaymakers. The FCO have always provided a great service in notifying the dangers of travelling to specifc countries, but from a recent poll we did on our travel forum 67% were not aware of the FCO website. More needs to be done to tackle this problem and inform holidaymakers of this website and that it's crucial that they check out the country they visit BEFORE they GO.

    By Darren Cronian, Tuesday, June 29, 2004

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