Monday, February 13, 2012

Update: Tourists Robbed in Amazon Offered Trips to Galapagos by Ecuadorian President

In a surprise turn of events, and as a follow-up to my February 8 posting, "Ecuador: 20 Foreign Tourists Robbed of Valuables at Wildlife Reserve," sixteen foreign tourists who were attacked in a remote nature reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon near SucumbĂ­os, have been offered all-expense trips to the Galapagos Islands, compliments of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

President Correa's gesture was to in some way recompense the tourists for their losses and to leave a positive tone on their visit to Ecuador.

The group, composed of American, Irish and Chilean tourists, was intercepted by six gunmen who robbed them of their belongings when they entered a lagoon nature reserve in the province of
SucumbĂ­os, some 180 kilometers (111 miles) northeast of Quito, the capital.

COMMENT: Although many nations have victim compensation programs for visitors who are crime victims while visiting their countries, many do not. This gesture was indeed a very honorable step for President Correa to take and no doubt will have a lasting impression on the tourists who were robbed and may well cause them to return to Ecuador in the future.

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