Trouble in Bali, Burundi
August 20, 2007
By: Dan Butcher
Hawaii isn't the only destination that agents need to monitor, as a recent death from bird flu in Bali and unrest in Burundi have raised concerns about travel to the two countries.
The death of a woman from bird flu on Bali
has dealt another blow to the tourism industry there, raising fears at a time
when the island had begun to rebound from past setbacks. Bali
has suffered two terrorist attacks in recent memory: Nightclub bombings claimed
more than 200 lives in 2002, and terrorists blew up two restaurants in 2005,
killing 20 people, including five tourists.
Most recently, the woman died in the capital, Denpasar,
marking Bali's first-recorded bird-flu death.
Doctors are trying to determine whether her two-year-old daughter, who died
recently after playing with chickens, also had the virus, Britain's The
Bali's tourist numbers have
started to improve recently: Visitor arrivals rose by 34 percent in the first
half of 2007, to 781,059 people, from a year ago, according to The
Independent. An important U.N. climate change conference is being held
there in December, with about 10,000 people expected to attend.
In the case of Burundi,
the U.S. Department of State has reissued a travel warning for the small
country in east Africa due to fears that the
civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus, which raged from 1993 to 2006, may
Americans who travel to there are urged to contact the U.S. embassy in Bujumbura for security guidelines, and to
register at the State Department's travel web site, https://travelregistration.state.gov.