Holiday risks: Which countries pose the most problems for tourists
Choosing a holiday destination for 2018 is no longer just about good weather and good food.
One of the most important things to factor in is the safety of a country and the risk it poses to tourists.
A study conducted by law firm Rubens Kress & Mulholland ranked thirteen popular holiday destinations with four different criteria.
These were the risk factor overall, the court system, safety standards and medical services.
The court system, using World Justice Project data, was analysed regarding the the fairness of cases when taking a personal injury to court, while safety standards analysed number of tourist deaths per capita along with tourism regulations from the World Economic Forum data.
Thailand was deemed to be the riskiest, failing on many of the criteria
Medical services were analysed based on World Health Organisation data; so which countries were found to be the riskiest?
The study states that some countries are much riskier than people may realise thanks to “the combination of unreliable medical services, sub-par safety standards, and an unsympathetic court system can make a thrilling activity, like bungee-jumping, far more risky in a country lax in those areas.”
Thailand was deemed to be the riskiest, thanks to failing on many of the criteria.
Medical services and safety standards only scored one out of five, while the risk factor was five out of five, coming to just 2.3 as an overall score.
The study explained: “With wild jungles, open sea, and densely populated urban areas, there is no shortage of activities to get the adrenaline pumping.
“Without proper safety protocol and being miles from modern medical facilities means that if you’re looking to engage in death-defying activities, best to do so somewhere other than Thailand.”
Holiday risks: Thirteen popular tourist destinations ranked for biggest danger factors
Mexico, Brazil and Belize also suffered, with overall scores under three.
The best country was found to be Australia, a popular holiday choice with British families.
Last year, it welcomed over 8.7 million international visitors with a range of extreme sports and English-speaking locals making it an attractive destination.
As the country “relies heavily on tourism,” it comes as no surprise they it scored a perfect score despite the risk factor behind high due to adventure activities.
It was closely followed by Iceland (4.9), the US, (4.6) and Canada (4.6), which all exceed with medical care on offer for tourists, as well as fair court processes.
A number of tourist destinations have been updated regarding travel advice for British holidaymakers thanks to recent problems and natural disasters.
Holiday risks: Extreme sports are one of the biggest dangers, if medical care is sub par
Hawaii has been affected by a huge volcanic eruption that has swept the island, with many homes destroyed.
Lava has been caught flowing through towns as earthquakes and even acid rain could follow next.
Tenerife has also seen hundreds of earthquakes in recent weeks, prompting fears of Mount Tiede erupting.
Thankfully, experts have deemed the earthquakes a common occurrence and should not caught an eruption in the imminent future.
Countries such as Turkey and Tunisia have been deemed safer in recent months following terrorist attacks.