Friday, January 30, 2009

Libya, here I come

Global hotspots join the race for tourists:
MADRID (AFP) — Rogue states better known for their repressive regimes, political unrest and weapons programmes are increasingly competing for visitors with well established tourist destinations, travel experts say.
The trend is underscored at the Fitur travel fair which got underway Wednesday in Madrid as Myanmar -- which has been ruled with an iron fist by a military government since 1962 -- is taking part for the first time.
Among the other global hotspots represented at the event, one of Europe's largest and most important travel fairs, is the Palestinian territories, Libya, Zimbabwe and Iran, whose nuclear ambitions are the subject of deep suspicion in Washington and many other world capitals.
Tony Wheeler, the co-founder of the popular Lonely Planet travel guides who recently published a book on his travels to nine rogue nations he labelled "bad lands", told AFP the trend reflects travelers' growing desire to visit places few others have been to before.

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