The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has altered its official travel advice
on Costa Rica following an appeal by the family of missing British
journalist Michael Dixon.
LONDON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ -- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published an official warning about the increasing number of missing people in Costa Rica on its travel advice website http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/north -central-america/costa-rica
The new text includes the line: "Eight foreign nationals (including one British national) have gone missing in the last two years, with some related to criminal activity."
The change comes in response to a letter from the Dixon family to Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Minister of State Jeremy Browne said in a reply to the Dixons on 12 May: "Violent crime against tourists is increasing. The recent increase in the number of foreign nationals missing in Costa Rica is also worrying."
David Dixon said: "There is a common misperception that Costa Rica is a safe place to go on holiday. While it is a beautiful country, travellers need to be aware of the increasing number of tourist disappearances and exercise a much greater degree of caution."
Michael Dixon vanished after leaving his hotel room in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, on 18 October 2009. The story was recently covered in a BBC documentary http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/fast_track/9478002.stm
Eleven other foreign nationals have either gone missing or were murdered in Costa Rica in the past 18 months. Most of the cases go unsolved.
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DIXON letter to Foreign & Commonwealth Office: http://www.helpfindmichaeldixon.com/update/letter-william-hague-urging-fco-revie w-travel-advice-costa-rica
Response from Foreign & Commonwealth Office: http://www.helpfindmichaeldixon.com/update/response-fco-12-may-2011
SOURCE David Dixon
For further information: Andrew Rettman (Dixon family spokesman), 0032.485.754 741, email@example.com, or David Dixon, 0044.7920.792 204, firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: http://helpfindmichaeldixon.com