War-torn Libya has been crowned as the latest up-and-coming tourist destination.
Many people might be put-off by seeing the sights of a country which has been plagued with civil war for the last two years, however a new survey claims that Libya has enormous potential as a tourist destination. Leading figures in the travel industry say that the troubled North African country is likely to rise as a holiday hotspot in the near future.
More than half of 13,000 tourism officials surveyed believed that Libya has the right ingredients to become a major holiday destination. Only 10% rejected Libya outright as a holiday destination of the future. The survey was conducted at the World Travel Market (WTM), which is an influential travel convention held every November at London’s ExCel Centre.
WTM director Simon Press said: “Libya could become one of tourism’s most exciting destinations in the future. “Many destinations, such as Vietnam and Croatia, have repositioned from conflict zones to tourism hotspots, and there is no reason why, over time, Libya cannot do the same.”
Libya has been engaged with conflict that burst into civil war as recently as October last year. For much of 2011, the country was dragged on to the front pages following the Arab Spring uprisings. The country’s long-term dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, was overthrown and killed as fighting increased to unprecedented levels across the country.
Last month, the Prime Minister-elect, Mustafa Abushagur, stepped down after failing to secure parliamentary approval by the new cabinet. The country is victim to corruption, war and depravity. The government does currently share the same enthusiasm for Libyan tourism as some in the travel industry. “We advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya, including Benghazi,” the Foreign Office has said. When travelling overseas, to any destination, it would be a good idea to take out travel insurance.
Date Created: 09/11/2012