Figures from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO’s) British Behaviour Abroad Report 2012 have shown that globally, more and more people are calling on the authorities when their holiday goes wrong. From April 2011 to March 2012, British consulates around the world dealt with over 6,000 arrests, 816 of which were for drug crimes; 6,237 deaths; 3,739 hospitalisations; 127 rapes; and 154 sexual assaults. The incidence of consulates helping travellers who have either lost or had their passport stolen saw a significant increase compared to a year earlier, with 28,659 cases – the previous year saw 25,969. The top five countries where British nationals required the most consular assistance during the time period were, in order, Spain, the US, France, Thailand and Greece. More stats from the FCO showed a chart that reveals the countries in which Britons are most likely to require assistance. This was calculated by taking the number of assistance cases and dividing it by the number of visitors and British residents combined; and it showed that the Philippines tops the list, followed by Thailand, Jamaica and Pakistan.
As reported in ITIJ 139 (Sharp increase in Brit tourist injuries), Spain continues to be the country with the highest number of Brits hospitalised over the time period, although proportionally, Britons are more likely to be hospitalised in Greece, followed by Thailand and the Philippines. The FCO also noted that Egypt has seen an increase in the number of hospitalisations as its popularity as a tourist destination continues to rise. Regarding deaths abroad, the FCO report shows that 1,755 British nationals died in Spain, followed by 778 in France and 366 in Germany. “As a proportion,” added the report, “Brits are significantly more likely to die in the Philippines than in any other country – there are significant numbers of elderly British expats who live in the Philippines, which accounts for most of the hospitalisation or death cases – relatively few tourists are hospitalised.”