(Dive Travel Business News - December 2, 2010) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is advising against all travel to the North-Western Islands (including Yeonpyeong-do, Daecheong-do and Baengnyeong-do) in South Korea due to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula,
Travelers to South Korea are advised to be vigilant, monitor ongoing developments, and follow the advice of local authorities. Travelers should exercise caution, avoid areas where demonstrations are being held and avoid confrontations with protestors as political, labour, and student demonstrations and marches can become confrontational or violent.
Just as South Korea was taking a few steps forward in realizing its ambition to become a global tourist destination, nuclear-armed North Korea's saber-rattling is threatening to set back those aspirations. On Nov. 23, North Korea fired multiple rounds of artillery shells at the island of Yeonpyeong, killing four people and injuring several more. An evacuation order has been declared for Yeonpyeong-do. The mounting tensions caused the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq stock markets to plunge precipitously on Nov 24, 2010. read more »