New report shows increasing numbers of British travellers require consular assistance abroad.
Itâ€™s official. More and more British travel-lovers are seeing good holidays go bad.
How do we know? Well, a government department called the Foreign & Commonwealth Office work to help make sure Brits are safe abroad. When things go wrong, they can sometimes intervene to try and help. Itâ€™s called consular assistance. The FCO are also alerted when British travellers encounter incidents such as deaths, hospitalisations or sexual assaults.
Basically, if something goes badly wrong for a British traveller abroad, chances are the FCO will know about it.
Thatâ€™s why the FCOâ€™s new report is so illuminating. They have released detailed figures on everything that has gone wrong for Brits abroad from 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012. And unfortunately, it doesnâ€™t make pleasant reading. In those twelve months, the FCO handled 19,874 assistance cases â€“ up 3% from the previous year. (more…)