Family Welcomes UK Warning on Missing Tourists in Costa Rica

By David Dixon, PRNE
Monday, May 23, 2011

LONDON, May 24, 2011 -

- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has altered its official travel
advice on Costa Rica following an appeal by the family of missing British
journalist Michael Dixon.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published an official warning
about the increasing number of missing people in Costa Rica on its travel
advice website

The new text includes the line: "Eight foreign nationals (including one
British national) have gone missing in the last two years, with some related
to criminal activity."

The change comes in response to a letter from the Dixon family to Foreign
Secretary William Hague.

Minister of State Jeremy Browne said in a reply to the Dixons on 12 May:
"Violent crime against tourists is increasing. The recent increase in the
number of foreign nationals missing in Costa Rica is also worrying."

David Dixon said: "There is a common misperception that Costa Rica is a
safe place to go on holiday. While it is a beautiful country, travellers need
to be aware of the increasing number of tourist disappearances and exercise a
much greater degree of caution."

Michael Dixon vanished after leaving his hotel room in Tamarindo, Costa
, on 18 October 2009. The story was recently covered in a BBC documentary

Eleven other foreign nationals have either gone missing or were murdered
in Costa Rica in the past 18 months. Most of the cases go unsolved.

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DIXON letter to Foreign & Commonwealth Office:

Response from Foreign & Commonwealth Office:

Andrew Rettman (Dixon family spokesman), +32-485-754-741, ar at, or David Dixon, +44-7920-792-204, david.dixon79 at

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