The World Economic Forum recently launched the report on tourism competitiveness in 136 countries. It includes a safety ranking based on the prevalence of violence and terrorism.
The World Economic Forum recently released a report analyzing the situation of tourism sectors in 136 countries around the world. In order to achieve the ranking, the extent to which each country exposes tourists to security risks, mainly serious harm, violence and terrorism, has been analyzed, writes businessinsider.com.
1. Colombia Colombia is not as dangerous as it once was, Medellin being the very best destination in South America last year. However, visitors to the country are still at a fairly high risk. According to the report, the gangs are still responsible for tourist abductions, drug trafficking and robberies that occur throughout the country, while acts of terrorism, such as explosions, are common in many major cities in the country.
2. Yemen Rebels from the capital of Yemen, Sanaa, continue to detain American citizens. Extremist groups such as Al-Qaida are also active in this country, and because of ground and air strikes, much of the Yemeni population has no food, water and health care needs.
3. El Salvador In addition to having one of the highest levels of homicide in the world, El Salvador is known for its many gangs.
4. Pakistan The religious conflict has affected Pakistan for years, and violence against certain religious groups is still common across the country. The Pakistani government limits the freedom of speech very much and forbids the access of foreigners to many places across the country.
5. Nigeria Two extremist groups, Boko Haram and the West African Islamic State, are responsible for much of the violence in Nigeria and usually target heavily populated areas such as churches, schools, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues. The US State Department states that “visitors should be” vigilant at public meetings and places frequented by foreigners “and” exercise maximum caution throughout the country because of the threat of non-discriminatory violence. ”
6. Venezuela The lack of food, medicine and other basic things has led to many social disorders and even crimes throughout the country. Venezuela has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Armed robbery, murders or kidnappings are common forms of violence in most major cities. US State Department warns of voyages in Venezuela.
7. Egypt ISIS and other extremist groups pose a serious threat to public places in Egypt, including tourist sites. Groups are also known for attacks on various means of public transport.
8. Kenya While many terrorist attacks take place outside Nairobi, the terrorist threat is still high in other Kenyan areas. Grenades, shooting and stabbing are common forms of attack.
9. Honduras Honduras has one of the highest rates of crime in the world. In particular, Gracias a Dios is affected by murder and drug trafficking, with no police or military presence. Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba are other dangerous areas. 70% of homicide cases of American citizens in the last seven years occurred in these areas.
10. Ukraine The struggle between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Russian armed separatists is common both in the eastern and southeastern regions of Ukraine, namely in the regions of the Donetsk region, the Luhansk region and the Crimea. Civilians continue to be trapped in battle.