Heavily armed gang members engaged in a gunfight with Brazilian police over the weekend of 21 August, right outside the five-star InterContinental hotel in Rio de Janeiro, prompting the gunmen to storm the hotel and take 35 people hostage.
In further bad news for the travel industry in the UK, budget travel company Kiss Flights has ceased trading.
A passenger aircraft carrying 131 passengers and crew crashed and broke up on landing at the Colombian island of San Andres, injuring 114 people, yet only one person died – as the result of a heart attack.
Four months after causing travel misery for hundreds of thousands of passengers, the ash cloud is continuing to make lives difficult for those caught up in it, with many still awaiting financial compensation from their airline.
British travel firm Sun4U has ceased trading, leaving around 1,200 holidaymakers already abroad to rely on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly them back home to the UK.
In further confirmation of the suggestion that while on holiday, tourists tend to take part in more risky activities than they would do at home, yet another British holidaymaker has perished this summer.
Research shows that Spain still tops the list of holiday destinations in Europe for Brits, but a summer of love could be seriously disrupted by the news that Spain’s air traffic controllers have voted to take strike action.
Six days after it began, the strike by truck drivers in Greece that has brought the country almost to a grinding halt has been called off as the protestors agreed to enter into talks with the government.