Travel insurance carriers often provide information about current events that affect coverage. This can include weather events, civil or political unrest or health warnings. Such travel alerts are available in newsletters, blogs or on the carrier’s website. The following is a travel alert from HTH regarding the travel alert Hong Kong has issued after Manila hostage massacre.
August 24, 2010. Hong Kong issues travel alert after Manila hostage massacre; protests outside Philippine consulate in Hong Kong
SOURCE: Altegrity Risk International
Hong Kong issued its highest travel warning for the Philippines after eight of its tourists were killed in a bus hijacking in Metro Manila on August 23rd, with officials canceling all travel to the country, reports indicated on August 24th. The Chinese and Hong Kong governments both demanded a thorough investigation of how the hostage situation was handled. The British government, meanwhile, confirmed two of the survivors are British citizens. In Hong Kong, flags flew at half-mast on August 24th as the stock exchange announced plans for a minute of silence to commemorate the hijack victims. Demonstrations were reported outside the Philippine consulate in Hong Kong on August 24th as politicians and members of the public expressed fury at the incident.