Expats and travellers put their safety in the hands of some dubious advisers when travelling overseas, according to a new global survey.
Although just over half of travellers (55%) trust government warnings, 34% swear by the advice of family and friends, while another third prefer to follow the guidance of travel writers.
Travel agents and airlines are generally not trusted – with 26% relying on travel agents and only 10% taking airlines seriously.
Almost two thirds of British travellers trust government warnings, while travel writers are heeded more in the USA and a third of Germans take advice from travel agents.
The survey was aimed at finding out if tourists and expats take notice of government travel warnings following criticism of them being vague.
“Government alerts can devastate a country’s tourist industry,” said Nigel Vere Nicoll – CEO of the African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta).
“Kenya was virtually empty after a British Foreign Office alert last year, but recent warnings from the US State Department have been less specific and are really not that helpful to travellers or the industry.”
Sharm el Sheikh update
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is still warning travellers to stay away from the Egyptian resort of Sharm al Sheikh.
All flights to and from the resort and the UK have been suspended.
Passengers with tickets should contact their travel agents for updated information, says the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).
Chennai airport open
Heavy flooding in Chennai, India, has abated enough for flights to resume from the international airport.
Train services are also running again.
Both services are intermittent and passengers are advised to check with their airline or travel company for updates before departure.
UAE border crossing delays
Drivers crossing the border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman are facing delays at Hatta.
Many are redirected to other crossing points.
The British Embassies in both countries are suggesting drivers should add extra time to their trips to account for the delays.
More information is available by calling +968 268 49924 (Oman)