Photos: To Go or Not To Go

By , Friday, Dec 30, 2011, 2:01 PM

Source Article: Photos: To Go or Not To Go

Mexico

GO: Most tourist-popular areas in Mexico are considered safe for travelers.

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Mexico

Statistics show that Mexico City and the resorts of the Riviera Maya saw even less crime in 2010, per capita, than Orlando and Washington, D.C.

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Mexico

Mexico's tourist board is flying U.S. travel agents to Cancún to see for themselves that the sandy white beaches in tourist areas remain perfectly calm.

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Mexico

Verdict: Go—but only to destinations approved by the U.S. Department of State.

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Japan

With the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, the tourism industry was hit hard, too.

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Japan

Many clients of tour operators, however, have now reorganized their trips to Japan.

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Japan

Over the past three to four months, the level of inquiries and bookings into trips across the Japanese countryside has been picking up significantly.

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Japan

Verdict: Go—just nowhere within 50 miles of the Fukushima Daiichi plant in the north (the popular cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are all fine).

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Chile

Chile's tourist industry quickly recovered from the earthquake in February 2011.

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Chile

Thanks to the Santiago's sophisticated infrastructure and strict building codes, earthquake damage was somewhat mitigated.

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Chile

Lago Todos los Santos, Chile.

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Chile

Verdict: Go!

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Greece

The Greek economy may be in big trouble, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the record number of tourists swarming the ancient monuments and beaches in 2011.

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Greece

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises reports that numbers are up 12 percent from last year.

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Greece

As Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos told The New York Times, "Without a doubt, tourism has already helped soften the blow of the economic crisis."

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Greece

Verdict: Go, but stick to the islands and tread lightly in Athens.

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Bangkok

In November, floodwaters swept through Thailand, claiming hundreds of lives and inundating vast stretches of farmland.

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Bangkok

It's possible to see the major sights—Bangkok's city center remains unaffected.

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Bangkok

By mid-December 2011, the U.S. State Department canceled both of its travel alerts for Thailand.

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Bangkok

Verdict: Go. Visit Phuket or the beaches, but still use caution when navigating Bangkok.

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Perth

The coast is not clear for surfers and divers along Australia's western coast. Since August 2010, four people have been killed by great white sharks.

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Perth

But now, $2.05 million Australian dollars will go toward establishing a "Shark Response Unit."

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Perth

Another nearly $2 million will be devoted to more helicopters and beach patrols.

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Perth

Verdict: Go! (Pictured, Cottesloe Beach, Perth).

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Tunisia

Though the tourist industry suffered in the first half of 2011, Tunisia's interim government urged hoteliers to maintain their usual price structure.

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Tunisia

According to Peter Kirk of tour operator Tunisia First, Tunisia has always been a good value destination.

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Tunisia

According to Kirk, a full-day excursion to Tunis, Carthage, and Sidi Bou Said including lunch is around $55.

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Tunisia

Verdict: Go, but be careful.

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New Zealand

New Zealand Tourists continue using Christchurch as a gateway to the rest of South Island.

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New Zealand

Christchurch, NZ, suffered serious damage in 2011 with two earthquakes, one in February and another in December.

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New Zealand

If you travel to Christchurch and Canterbury, be aware that accommodations will probably not be in the center, as none of the major hotels are operational.

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New Zealand

Verdict: Go, but only to pass through Christchurch on your way to other parts of New Zealand.

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Egypt

2011 has been tumultuous in Egypt. Though Mubarak, the nation's longtime president, stepped down during a storm of popular protests in January and February, a revolution is still in full swing.

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Egypt

Though the Lower Nile will reopen to river cruises for the first time in 16 years, our verdict is: wait.

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Haiti

A devastating 7-magnitude earthquake in January 2010 dealt Haiti a major blow.

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Haiti

Verdict: Don't go. The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning in August to strongly discourage U.S. citizens from entering Haiti on their own.

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Libya

Libyans are focused on getting back on their feet. Tour operators and all other sectors of the infrastructure are trying to help Libya in times of need.

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Libya

Verdict: Don't go. The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning against nonessential trips to this deeply afflicted region.

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