If you still don’t know where to spend your next holidays, we have some exciting ideas for you: get yourself kidnapped in Colombia or try a riot safari in Kenya! If you are not on the adventurous side, then Liverpool in England is also doing his best to attract tourists.
Colombia is officially safe, according to… officials. It is now the “former kidnapping capital of the world” (so which is the current one, does anyone know?), and it received nearly 1.3 million tourists in 2007, twice as more as in 2002. I would also love to visit “Colombia’s Caribbean beaches, cosmopolitan cities and Andean peaks”, but maybe I’ll get myself kidnapped somewhere else.
So what about Kenya? It used to be one of the most prosperous and tourist-friendly countries in Africa, but since the riots and ethnic violence erupted after the December 27 vote, travel warnings have been issued by most western countires and more than 5,000 tourists canceled trips at the last minute. Jake Grieves-Cook, spokesman for the tourism federation, said: The image of Kenya has changed from “giraffes, welcoming people and stability” to “the lunatic with a machete sharpening it on the road,” he said. “So we have a lot of work to counter that image.” Indeed!
If you prefer to stay safely in Europe, we can also recommend Liverpool, who is European Capital of Culture for 2008. A huge outdoor concert will launch the event, with Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart as presenters. Quoting the new item: “To give tourists a better impression, rundown buildings – including rows of dilapidated houses near downtown Liverpool – have been hidden behind billboards covered with paintings and poetry.”
As for me, I might just choose one of the safest countries of the world, Singapore, just to see the new airport terminal they have just finished building, which has an indoor garden and waterfalls.