EFFORTS to persuade holidaymakers to commit to
overseas holidays received a major setback after the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office dramatically stepped up its travel advice.

The FCO issued a ‘Worldwide Threat’ to British
nationals on holiday or living abroad of a heightened risk of terrorism while
the war in Iraq continues.

The new statement reads: “The risk of indiscriminate
terrorist attacks in public places, including tourist sites, will be especially
high during military action in Iraq. You should be vigilant, take sensible
precautions, be aware of local sensibilities, monitor the media and check FCO
travel advice for the country you live in or plan to visit.”

The warning upgrades previous advice which only asked
travellers to be “aware” of the terrorism risk.