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Tourists still heading to hotspots

PUBLISHED: 04:00 03 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:08 03 March 2010

PLUCKY Suffolk tourists are defying Foreign Office advice by travelling to world hotspots still reeling from terrorist attacks.

Al-Qaida's killing of 15 in a Kenyan hotel has not been enough to deter one Woodbridge travel agent from flying to Mombasa on a fact-finding mission next week.

PLUCKY Suffolk tourists are defying Foreign Office advice by travelling to world hotspots still reeling from terrorist attacks.

Al-Qaida's killing of 15 in a Kenyan hotel has not been enough to deter one Woodbridge travel agent from flying to Mombasa on a fact-finding mission next week.

And bookings to Indonesia, another country on the Foreign Office's no-go list, have not dipped say the region's tour operators.

Claire Aitchison, director of Travel Quest, said: "We had a local group actually in Bali at the time of the bombing and none of them wanted to come home early.

"One member of our staff is due to fly out to Kenya in a week's time to visit Mombasa and the safari parks. She has got no qualms about going, in fact she can't wait."

Current Foreign Office Advice states: "Following recent developments, including the terrorist bombing of a night club in Bali on October 21 and the Mombasa bombing, UK nationals worldwide should be aware of the indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets in public places, including civilian sites."

The Foreign Office currently advises tourists not to travel to Indonesia, Burundi, Central African Republic, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Yemen.

But Mrs Aitchison went on: "I think you could say our clients are plucky. Their attitude seems to be that it's unlikely to happen in the same place twice. If you took that attitude than you wouldn't go anywhere. We have people booked to go to Indonesia in December."

Steve Nicholls, manager of Powell & Coates in High Street, Ipswich, agreed. He said: "Bookings went down after September 11 but we seem to be getting back to normal. People are still happy to go all over, including the Middle East."

Weblinks: www.fco.gov.uk

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