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1. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y

Does government travel advisories influence your travel plans ? A recently published "Total Tourism Survey" by PATA (oct) has this to say:...


  1. Only 3.5% ( of the respondents ) felt that government travel


advisories were well-balanced


  1. Almost 60% felt that advisories were updated too slowly;

  2. Middle-aged respondents were relatively more critical of the


whole travel advisory process

dana

2. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y

In my opinion most travel advisories are there to do just that - "advise" people. However this should not stop you from going. It's always better to do some research about the place yourself before you travel there, or speak with people who have recently traveled there. Coming from a government department I usually discover that advisories are more politically motivated and slanted than being closer to the truth.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I agree with Jake - advisories advise travelers of potential situations. But, anyone planning to travel to anywhere should be gathering all the information available about their intended destinations, and not let a government "cautionary tale" be their only source. As an American, there are areas that I would not chose to visit for obvious reasons. (Cuba comes to mind...) But, using common sense and researching my choices will be the defining factors, not just a governmental advisory or warning. Will I look at those advisories? Sure - I'm always curious what the government has to say. Will I use it as part of the decision-making process? Maybe - depending on the "slant", age of the information and other issues. Also, being in that "middle-aged" group, I proably am more critical about the process - it is governmentally issued information... It always leaves something to be desired there...

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

An advisory does not influence my plans, but an outright ban would. I find the advisories are usually too cautious. For example:

Criminal occurrences are frequent in many cities, but are generally concentrated in areas that travellers are unlikely to visit. Travellers, however, should remain vigilant and alert to their surroundings. Full cooperation is recommended when stopped by police. Street crime can spill over into commercial, hotel, and entertainment areas. Racial tensions and poverty occasionally prompt riots; these are usually confined to the poorer districts of major cities, but the violence can spread to central commercial and hotel districts.

That's the warning that Canada has on the Untied States. Crime spilling over and riots?

Or, what Canada says on the United States:

Although criminal activity in Canada is more common in urban areas, violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery, and rape can occur throughout the country. Visitors to large cities should be aware that parked cars are regularly targeted for opportunistic smash-and-grab thefts, and they are cautioned to avoid leaving any possessions unattended in a vehicle, even in the trunk. Due to the high incidence of such crimes, motorists in Montreal and some other jurisdictions can be fined for leaving their car doors unlocked or for leaving valuables in view. Auto theft in Montreal, including theft of motor homes and recreational vehicles, may occur in patrolled and overtly secure parking lots and decks.

Reading these reminds me to take any information posted in travel warnings with a grain of salt. Much better to post a request on a travel board like travellerspoint or thorntree.lonelyplanet.com to get someone who is on the ground there to give you the current situation.

Greg

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

For example:

Criminal occurrences are frequent in many cities, but are generally concentrated in areas that travellers are unlikely to visit. Travellers, however, should remain vigilant and alert to their surroundings. Full cooperation is recommended when stopped by police. Street crime can spill over into commercial, hotel, and entertainment areas. Racial tensions and poverty occasionally prompt riots; these are usually confined to the poorer districts of major cities, but the violence can spread to central commercial and hotel districts.

That's the warning that Canada has on the Untied States. Crime spilling over and riots?

That's us - the riot capital of North America!!! Bet you don't want to come for turkey and gravy anymore do you Greg!!!!!

I honestly think someone will find better information through forums, like TP, than from the advisories. At least here on TP, people are responding who have been to a particular country recently or are still there. Caution is one thing, but instilling fear into someone is over the top as far as I'm concerned. What's our favorite phrase?? "Be aware of your surroundings whether at home or away."

6. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

I will generally have a look at them and investigate any warnings to see how accurate they are. In general, regardless of what I might find out, I ignore them anyway. Having said that, I am not planning any trips any time soon to Iraq or anywhere else that is in the midst of a war...

7. Posted by Mohd anuar (Full Member 28 posts) 11y

government advisories will be politically motivated .Commercial body sure there are for money making,the best solution now is to check on your own before making a move to any distination,to make sure your safety avoid the places popularly known ,constantly on the news such as
Baghdad.

8. Posted by JitShen (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

Government travel advisories, IMO is just kind of guide for those intended to travel. It is undeniable that government done a good job in promoting our country through travel fairs and programs, but for further details and information, you will have to update yourself regularly on news and of course from forums like TP. Listen to others in sharing their experiences do help a lot. By doing that way, I think is the best way to have a safe and organized trip. This will always make sure the entire trip run smooth. If planning for a group travelling package, of course, is recommended to go for trusted agent. ;)

9. Posted by J9travels (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

I looked at some of the govenrment advisory sites before I booked my travels and didn't let it put me off. As long as you research the area a little and there is no war going on in the place you are planning to visit then don't let it affect your plans too much. I went to Egypt just after the bombs happened there and didn't let it put me off booking a holiday despite it being classed as "unsafe". London was also listed as a "unsafe place" for tourists after the bombs yet I work 2 minutes from where 2 of the bombs went off and it hasn't changed my way of life here. It's more scary to read about stuff happening in places where you don't live but when shit happens in your home you sort of take it in your stride however bad it is. Unless something major has happened in a country I wouldn't let govt. advisory put me off.