Planning a vacation? Please consider, among other things, your planned destination and the incidence of criminal activity, terrorism, and disease in the local environment as well as the nature and type of accidents which tourists have previously sustained running the spectrum from wrongful death to slips, trips, and falls. This is the sixth year that we have posted dangerous vacations destination information collected from news articles and reported law cases. 2018 OVERVIEW OF DANGEROUS DESTINATIONS After Las Vegas: Hotel Security Choices In Hsu, Las Vegas Shooting Underscores Hotel Security Choices, nytimes (10\/2\/2017) it was noted that \u201cBefore a gunman killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas on Sunday, the police said he brought an arsenal of rifles past security and up to his 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay hotel. That the shooter...was able to take at least 17 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition up to a room starkly highlights the security priorities of hospitality companies. Wishing to appear inviting to guests, many hotels employ a lighter touch. Security in most hotels instead focuses on limiting theft, corralling unruly drunks and ferreting out people wandering the halls without a room, said Mr. Segal, a security consultant for an executive protection company, AS Solution. Hotels in the United States and Europe have been \u2018much slower on the uptake\u2019 regarding the chances of violence, compared in the Middle East and Africa... Explosive scanners and X-ray machines-standard equipment at airport terminals-will continue to be scarce in hotels because of the enormous premium that customers place on their privacy, said Jim Stover, a senior vice president of the real estate and hospitality practice at the Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., an insurance brokerage\u201d. Mass Shooting American Style In Fisher & Keller, What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer, nytimes (11\/7\/2017)(\u201cThe United States has 270 million guns and had 90 mass shooters from 1966 to 2012. No other country has more than 46 million guns or 18 mass shooters...The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns...Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world\u2019s guns\u201d). Most Deadly Attacks Since 911 Most deadly attacks since 9\/11, Gulf News Egypt, gulfnews (11\/25\/2017) the top six most deadly attacks after 9\/11 were (1) Iraq in 2007: 400 dead ; (2) Somalia in 2017: 358 dead ; (3) Iraq in 2016: 323 dead ; (4) Egypt in 2017: 305 dead ; (5) Egypt in 2015: 224 dead ; (6) Indonesia in 2002: 202 dead [attacks on bar in Bali); Trip Advisor To Report Sexual Assaults In Schwartz, TripAdvisor Will Identify Hotels Where Sexual Assaults Occurred, nytimes (11\/9\/2017) it was noted that \u201cResponding to what one travel expert categorized as \u2018a wake-up call\u2019 TripAdvisor has begun placing symbols next to hotels and resorts that have been identified as locations of sexual assaults and other major concerns. Based on news reports as well as comments from the TripAdvisor community, the warnings are designed to identify health, safety and discrimination issues in all of the website\u2019s travel categories, said a company spokesman\u201d. Report Environmental Abuse Cruise Ship Whistleblower Sails Off With Million-Dollar Reward, dailybusinessreview (4\/20\/2017) (\u201cChristopher Keays, a native of Scotland, was 27 years old and fresh out of the maritime academy in the summer of 2013 when he got \u201cthe chance of a lifetime\u2019 to work on a ship as a junior engineer with the Caribbean Princess. Today he is a millionaire. A federal judge in Miami awarded Keays $1 million Wednesday for blowing the whistle on the Princess Cruise Lines\u2019 illegal dumping of oily waste into the ocean. As part of a plea agreement, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz also ordered the company to pay a $40 million penalty-the largest ever levied for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution...The cruise lines also falsified logs, dismantled evidence and instructed crew members to lie to investigators, according to court documents, including the cruise lines\u2019 admissions to the court in its plea memo...(The Judge) also placed the cruise lines on five years\u2019 probation under a corporate monitor...the company must make extensive environmental and compliance reforms throughout its ships...According to court documents, Keays discovered and videotaped a \u2018magic pipe\u2019 that was illegally discharging oily waste water while clean water was being pumped overboard through another mechanism in order to fool the computer and cover up the illegal act\u201d). Health Issues Abroad As noted in Tourism: 49 percent of the health problems when traveling related to the destination, eturbonews (6\/25\/2015) \u201cObservatory (TIO) with the support of the World Tourism Organization 49 percent of the health problems affecting tourists and travelers when they visit other countries are related to the county of destination, such as gastrointestinal or respiratory infections. 26 percent of the problems faced by travelers have to do with trauma, especially fractures\u201d. Foreign Foods That Can Kill You In Morse, 5 Foreign Foods That Can Kill You (But You Should Eat Anyway), smartertravel (1\/30\/2015) it was noted \u201cHow far are you willing to go to enjoy a rare delicacy? These foreign foods aren\u2019t just delicious-they\u2019re also potentially deadly! ...Fugu. Just a sliver of ill-prepared fugu fish can send you into paralysis, swiftly followed by death. But if it\u2019s prepared correctly, it\u2019s delicious...Sannakji. Like your food tortured and eaten alive? The you\u2019ll love wriggling octopus, the food that fights back. The small octopus\u2019s legs are cut off while still alive-and then the still-moving limbs are offered up to diners. Chew carefully, as the suction cups on the thrashing tentacles can stick to the inside of your throat...Bitter Cassava. This shrub, native to South America, is a good source of carbohydrates-but also a good source of cyanide...If the bitter cassava isn\u2019t properly soaked and dried, it can contain enough poison to kill you...Giant Bullfrog. Ever looked at a seven-foot-wide bullfrog...Carefully check the calendar if you\u2019re contemplating eating this Namibian delicacy. These giants are only safe to eat after mating season or the third rain of the year, after the frog is mature enough to start croaking. If you eat it at the wrong time of the year...you could suffer kidney failure...Ackee. Ackee, the national fruit of Jamaica is literally a forbidden fruit...When the ackee is unripe, it is full of poison and potentially deadly to eat\u201d. Enjoy. ORGANIZATION OF THIS TREATISE The information in this treatise is categorized by region, types of accidents and by country and includes some discussions about liability theories, personal jurisdiction, forum non conveniens and choice of law. Included in these misadventures is a section on Behaving Yourself while abroad and being arrested for failing to respect local customs and traditions1. THE CARIBBEAN The Caribbean is a very popular destination for United States citizens and others arriving by cruise ship or aircraft. There are many tourist accidents in the Caribbean some of which involve criminal activity. WRONGFUL DEATH Wrongful death claims have arisen from accidents occurring in Antigua2, Aruba3, Bahamas4, Bermuda5, British Virgin Islands6, Cuba7, Dominica8, Dominican Republic9, Great Shrimp Cay10, Jamaica11, Martinique12, Nassau13, Puerto Rico14, St. Maarten15, St. Thomas16, Trinidad & Tabago17 and Turks and Caicos Islands18. ASSAULTS, ROBBERIES & TERRORISM Robberies and assaults are quite common in the Caribbean19 have taken place in the Bahamas20, Barbados21, Cayman Islands22, Jamaica23, Puerto Rico24, St. Kitts25, St. Lucia26, St. Thomas, Trinidad ; RAPES, SEXUAL ASSAULTS & KIDNAPING Rapes, sexual assaults and child molestations have taken place in Bahamas28, Barbados29, British West Indies30, Cayman Islands31, Jamaica32, St. Thomas33 and Turks and Caicos34. WATER SPORTS Accidents involving water sports have taken place in Aruba35, Bahamas36, British Virgin Islands37, Cayman Islands38, Cuba39, Dominica40, Dominican Republic41, Grenada42, Jamaica43, Netherlands Antilles44, Puerto Rico45, St. Lucia46, Turks & Caicos47 and U.S. Virgin Islands48. SLIP & FALLS & VARIOUS OTHER INJURIES Slips, trips, falls and various other injuries have taken place in Antigua49, Aruba50, Bahamas51, Barbados52, Bermuda53, British Virgin Islands54, Dominican Republic55, Haiti56, Jamaica57, Puerto Rico58, St. Kitts59, St. John60 and St. Thomas61. RIDING, VIEWING AND BEING ATTACKED BY ANIMALS Accidents involving animals have taken place in the Bahamas62, Jamaica63, Nassau64 and Puerto Rico65. TRANSPORTATION Transportation accidents have taken place in the Bahamas66, Bimini67, Dominica68, Dominican Republic69,Jamaica70 Florida: Tracy v. VRL Operators, Ltd., Case No: 50 2006 CA 005719, Fla. Cir. Ct. Palm Beach Cty ( Jan. 29, 2008 )( after stay at Hedonism III in Ocho Rios, Jamaica tourist injured in tour bus accident ), aff\u2019d 985 So. 2d 1101 ( Fla. App. 2008 ))., St. Lucia71, St. Maarten72, St. Thomas73, Trinidad74 and the U.S. Virgin Islands75. DISEASE, FOOD POISONING & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Tourists are well advised not to rely on foreign clinics and medical professionals when a physical injury occurs. The best course of action for an injured tourist is to return to the U.S. as fast as possible for medical care. Medical malpractice and the contraction of disease has taken place in the Bahamas76, Barbados77 Dominican Republic78, Netherlands Antilles79 and Puerto Rico80. CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA, CANADA & UNITED STATES Destinations in Central and South America generate accidents similar to those in the Caribbean. Mexico, in particular, has invested extraordinary sums in developing many beach destinations on both coasts and as a result has the highest number of travel accidents in this region. WRONGFUL DEATH Accidents involving wrongful death have taken place in Argentina81, Belize82, Brazil83, California84, Canada85, Chile86, Columbia87 ; Costa Rica88, Florida89 , Honduras90, Las Vegas ; Mexico91 ; Panama93, Philadelphia94, Peru95 and Venezuela96. ASSAULTS, ROBBERIES, MURDERS & TERRORISM Assaults and robberies have taken place in California97 ; Canada ; Chicago ; Columbia ; Ecuador98, Florida99, Georgia100, Las Vegas ; Mexico101 ; New York102 ; Peru103, Texas ; and Belize104. RAPES, SEXUAL ASSAULTS & KIDNAPING Rapes and sexual assaults have taken place in Brazil105, the Galapagos Islands106 and Mexico107. WATER SPORTS Accidents involving water sports have taken place in Canada108, Costa Rica109( Ill. App. 1998 )( tourist purchased a fishing vacation tour to Costa Rica from travel agent Fish & Game Frontiers with accommodations at Rio Parismina Lodge; tourist joins fishing trip and is injured when his boat is swamped by waves as river empties into ocean ). and Mexico110. SLIP & FALLS AND VARIOUS OTHER ACCIDENTS Accidents involving major and minor injuries have taken place in Argentina111, Belize112, Brazil113, Canada114, Costa Rica115, Ecuador116, Mexico117 and Peru118. RIDING, VIEWING & BEING ATTACKED BY ANIMALS Accidents involving animals have taken place in Brazil119, Canada120, Florida121, and Mexico122 TRANSPORTATION Transportation accidents have taken place in Argentina123, Bolivia124, Canada125, Costa Rica126, Mexico127, Philadelphia128 and Virgin Islands129. DISEASE, FOOD POISONING & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Medical malpractice and the contraction of diseases have taken place in Belize130, Brazil ; Costa Rica131, Mexico132 and New York133 AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST, ASIA & THE PACIFIC Africa, Asia, The Middle East and the Pacific nations are attracting ever greater numbers of tourists while at the same time attracting terrorists, pirates and very scary diseases like Ebola. WRONGFUL DEATH Travel accidents involving wrongful death have taken place in Afghanistan134 ; Algeria135, Australia136, Bali137, Bangladesh138, Botswana139, Burkina Faso ; Cameroon140; Cape Verde Islands141, China142, Congo143, East Java144, Egypt145 ; Hong Kong148, India149, Indonesia150 ; Iraq151, Iran ; Israel ; Japan ; Jordan152, Kenya153 ; Laos154, Malaysia155, Maldives156, Mali157 ; Myanmar158 ; North Korea163; Pakistan164, Philippines165 ; South Africa169, South Korea170, Sri Lanka ; Tunisia176, Turkey177, Uganda178 and Yemen179. ASSAULTS, ROBBERIES, PURGES, FIRES & TERRORISM Assaults and robberies have taken place in Afghanistan180, Algeria181, Australia182 ; Bali183, Bangladesh184, Cape Verde Islands185, China186, Dubai187, Egypt188 ; Ethiopia189, Fiji190, India191 ; Indonesia ; Irag192 ; Israel193 ; Kenya194 ; Libya195 ; Malaysia196, Mali197, Mongolia198, Mozambique199, Nigeria200 ; Pakistan201 ; Saudi Arabia202 ; Somalia203; South Africa204, Tanzania205, Thailand206 ; Tunisia207 ; Turkey208 ; Uzbekistan209, Vietnam210, Zaire211, Zanzibar212, Zimbabwe213 and the Indian Ocean waters off the coast of Somalia214. RAPES, SEXUAL ASSAULTS, KIDNAPING & PIRACY Rapes and sexual assaults have taken place in Australia215, Dubai216, Egypt217, India218 ; Israel219, Malaysia220, Nepal221 and Thailand222. Kidnaping and piracy continue to be a problem in this region223. WATER SPORTS Accidents involving water sports have taken place in China224, Fiji225, Gabon226, Guam227, Hong Kong228, Indonesia229, Laos230, Northern Mariana Islands231, Tahiti232, Taiwan233 and Thailand234. SLIP & FALLS, FIRES & VARIOUS OTHER ACCIDENTS Slips, trips and falls and various other injuries have taken place in Australia235, China236, Egypt237, Fiji238, Hong Kong239, Indonesia240, Israel241, Japan242, Jordan243, Kenya244, Northern Mariana Islands245, Philippines246, Saudi Arabia247, South Africa248, Tanzania249, Turkey250 and Wake Island251. RIDING, VIEWING AND BEING ATTACKED BY ANIMALS Accidents involving animals have taken place in Australia252, Egypt253, Namibia254, New Caledonia255, South Africa256, Sri Lanka257, and Thailand258. TRANSPORTATION Transportation accidents have taken place in, Australia259, Bali260, Bangladesh261, China262, Congo263, Egypt264, Fiji265, French Polynesia266, Gabon267, Ghana268, India269, Israel, Jordan, Kenya270, Macau271, Malaysia272, Malawi273, Mali274, Morocco275, Myanmar276, Nepal277, New Zealand278, Philippines279, South Africa280, South Korea281, Sudan282, Taiwan283, Tanzania284 ; Thailand285, Turkey286 ; and Vietnam287 [2017 Update: In Truck-bus collision in central Vietnam kills 12, travelwirenews (5\/7\/2017) it was noted that \u201cA truck collided with a passenger bus in central Vietnam killing 12 people and injuring 33...The newspaper quoted police as saying that the initial investigation showed the truck was speeding at 105km per hour and crossed into the lane of the bus. Traffic accidents killed 8,685 people in Vietnam last year\u201d. DISEASE, FOOD POISONING, DRUGS & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Incidents of medical malpractice and the contraction of disease and sale of illicit drugs have taken place in China288, Congo ; Dubai289, Fiji290, Guinea291, India292 ;In Callimachi & Fourquest, Long Before It Lost Turf, ISIS Was Already Targeting Britain, nytimes (6\/10\/2017) it was noted that \u201cIn the weeks after Islamic State operatives struck Paris in November 2015, the group released a prerecorded video of the killers. They stared into the camera, waved serrated knives, raged at the West and specifically warned Britain: You\u2019re next. Footage showed scenes of London through a gunsight. For the next 13 months, the Islamic State and those inspired by the group killed and maimed in Brussels, Berlin, Nice and Normandy as well as across the Atlantic in California and Florida...The strikes in the past week against the capitals of the United Kingdom and Iran followed back-to-back attacks in recent months in Britain...\u2019This is for Allah!\u2019 the attackers were heard screaming in the latest bloodshed in London as they plunged knives into their victims\u201d]; Japan ; Kenya293, Liberia294, Lebanon295, Mali ; Nigeria296, Saudi Arabia297,Sierra Leone298, South Korea299, Sudan300 ; Tanzania ; and Uganda301. ARCTIC, ANTARCTIC, EUROPE, RUSSIA & CENTRAL ASIA From frozen waste lands to old and traditional venues travel accidents occur here as well. WRONGFUL DEATH Wrongful deaths have taken place in Albania302, Austria303 ; Belgium304, Britain305 ; Bulgaria306, France307, Germany308 ; Greece309, Hungary310, Iceland311, Italy312 ; Kazakhstan313, Mallorca314, Malta315, Norway316, Portugal317 ; Russia318, Spain319, Switzerland320, Tajikistan321, Turkey322 and Ukraine323. ASSAULTS, ROBBERIES, FIRES & TERRORISM Assaults, robberies and terrorist acts have taken place inBelgium324 ; Britain325 ; France328 ; Greece329 ; Ireland330, Italy331, Poland332, Portugal ; Russia ; Scotland333, Spain ; Sweden ; Switzerland [2017 Update: In Armed assailant attacks 5 people in Switzerland, police launch manhunt, travelwirenews (7\/24\/2017) it was noted that \u201cA manhunt is underway in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen after an armed assailant injured five people, two seriously, in a violent attack\u201d; Kajikistan334, Russia [2018 Update: 7 wounded in knife rampage in Russia, ISIS claims responsibility, attacker shot by police, travelwirenews (8\/19\/2017)(\u201cA man armed with a knife has injured seven pedestrians in the Russian city of Surgut. Police killed the assailant as he was resisting arrest and are investigating claims he was mentally ill. Meanwhile, terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack\u201d); Ukraine335 [2017 Update: In Kramer, Ukraine Cyberattack Was Meant to Paralyze, not Profit, Evidence Shows, nytimes (6\/28\/2017) it was noted that \u201cThe day started like most for Roman N. Klimenko, an accountant in Kiev who had just settled in at this desk, typing at a computer keyboard and drinking coffee. He was unaware that concealed within his tax preparation software lurked a ticking bomb (which) soon exploded, destroying his financial data and quickly spreading through computer systems vital to Ukraine\u2019s government-and beyond. The cyberattack on Tuesday was caused by a virus similar to one that wreaked global havoc less than two months ago. Both had the appearance of hacker blackmail assaults known as ransomware attacks: screens of infected computers warn users their data will be destroyed unless ransoms are paid. But in Ukraine\u2019s case, a more sinister motive-paralysis of the country\u2019s vital computer systems-may have been the motive\u201d. RAPES, SEXUAL ASSAULTS & KIDNAPING Rapes and sexual assaults have taken place in France336 and kidnappings in Cyprus337 and Pakistan338. SLIP & FALLS AND VARIOUS OTHER ACCIDENTS Slip and falls and other injuries have taken place in Czech Republic339, England340, France341, Greece342, Hungary343, Ireland344, Italy345, Russia346 and Spain347. RIDING. VIEWING & BEING ATTACKED BY ANIMALS Riding accidents have taken place in Greece348, alligators have been reported in Spain349, polar bears attack tourists in Norway350 and seagulls terrorize tourists in Wales351. TRANSPORTATION Transportation accidents have taken place in Antarctica352, Austria353, Belgium ; Delaware ; England354, France355, Germany356, Greece357, Holland358, Hungary359, Italy360 ; Kazakhstan361, Poland362, Portugal363, Rumania364, Russia365 ; Scotland366, Spain367 and Ukraine368. DISEASE, FOOD POISONING & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Medical malpractice and the contraction of disease have taken place in Europe369, Germany370, Greece371, Italy372, New York City ; Russia ; Sweden ; Slovakia373 and Ukraine374. The author, Thomas A. Dickerson, passed away on July 26, 2018 at the age of 74. Through the graciousness of his family, eTurboNews is being allowed to share his articles that we have on file which he sent to us for future weekly publication. The Hon. Dickerson retired as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department of the New York State Supreme Court and wrote about Travel Law for 42 years including his annually-updated law books, Travel Law, Law Journal Press (2018), Litigating International Torts in U.S. Courts, Thomson Reuters WestLaw (2018), Class Actions: The Law of 50 States, Law Journal Press (2018), and over 500 legal articles many of which are available here. For additional travel law news and developments, especially in the member states of the EU, see www.IFTTA.org Read many of Justice Dickerson\u2019s articles here. This article may not be reproduced without permission.