• Top places to avoid visiting in 2018

    Ramesh Tiwari
    November 21, 2017
    Top places to avoid visiting in 2018

    AFP Relaxnews —

    London : The Galapagos Islands tops an unusual index of the top places to avoid visiting in 2018.

    At a time of year when travel brands usually trip over one another releasing forecasts on the top trending destinations to visit for 2018, Fodor’s is bucking the trend and has released a “no go” list.

    “This planet offers an abundance of majestic vistas and fascinating culture that we recommend you seek out often,” reads the opening editorial.

    “But this world is also more than a static viewing point. As travelers, we are witness to the many misfortunes that happen upon our world. Travelers must decide how and where we can concern our efforts to observe and preserve the splendor of life around us, and we do that with everything from our currency to our presence.”

    Destinations chosen reflect environmentally sensitive destinations, tourist attractions that are undergoing major renovations, politically unstable and dangerous countries, and places where racial tensions are high.

    Topping the list is the Galapagos Islands which editors suggest should be avoided so as not to upset the fragile, vulnerable ecosystem.

    “…Even if you follow the rules to a tee, seeds or tiny insects still find a way to reaching the islands and wreaking havoc on endemic populations,” they write.

    “So be very careful when considering the Galapagos as a destination because once the things that make it such a magical place are gone — the fearless animals, the unique species, the otherworldly environments — we’ll never get them back.”

    Top 10 destinations on Fodor’s No List 2018

    The Galapagos Islands: Environment

    The Taj Mahal: Renovations and scaffolding in 2018

    Phang Nga Park, Thailand: Environment

    Myanmar: Human rights violations, political unrest

    Mt. Everest: Danger, environment

    Missouri: Racial tensions, discrimination

    Honduras: Violence

    Great Wall of China and Beijing, China: Air pollution, overtourism

    Cuba: Danger

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       *Vakantiebeurs  -Tourism and Recreation Fair
      Utrecht, Netherlands, January 10-14 ,2018

      *Ferien-Messe Wien Int’l Tourism Fair Vienna Vienna, Austria, Jan 11-14

      * CMT / CMT – Die Urlaubsmesse Holiday, Caravanning, Motoring and Tourism , Stuttgart, Germany Jan. 13-21

      *FITUR – Int’l Tourism Trade Fair , Madrid, Spain Jan. 17-21

      *GO Int’l Travel Trade Fair                                          Brno, Czech Republic, Jan. 18-21

      *OTM Outbound Travel Mart ,Mumbai, India, Jan. 18-20

      *Adventure Travel Show , London  20-21 January

      *ASEAN Tourism Forum ( ATF) , Chiang Mai , Thailnd January 22-26

      *EMITT-  East Mediterranean Int’l Tourism and Travel Exhibition ,Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 25-28

      *SATTE Travel Mart , New Delhi , India            Jan. 31- Feb. 2

      *IMTM – Int’l Mediterranean Tourism Market   Tel Aviv, Israel  , Feb. 6-7

      *India Travel Mart ITM , Ahmedabad, India          Feb. 9-11

      *Travel and Tourism Fair ( TTF) , Chennai , India Feb. 16-18

      *PATA ATRT Conference and Mart , Abu Dhabi , UAE , Feb 21-23

      *Travel and Tourism Fair(TTF) , Bengaluru, India ,Feb. 23-25

      *World Spa and Wellness 2018 , London , UK Feb. 25-26

      *Guangzhou International Travel Fair Guangzhou , China  March 1-3

      *ITB Berlin Berlin , Germany March 7-11

      *Moscow Int. Tourism and Travel Exhibition ( MITT) ,Moscow , Russia March 13-15

      *IT& CM China 2018 , Shanghai , China          March 20 – 22

      *GBTA Conference Mexico City, March 21-23

      *UNWTO World Conference on Snow and Mt. Tourism ,Andorra , March 21-23

      *Arabian Travel Mart –ATM   Dubai , 22-25 April

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