Tours guided to places of current affair are becoming more and more numerous.
The UK Foreign Office advises against travel to South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and advises caution in Georgia, although tensions have recently eased in Ajaria. They say if tours guide to New Orleans it would be as early as the start of next year. In addition, the UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Taiwan is a fantastic tourist destination so long as there's no war with China, which admittedly will cause a few problems ... Because the Taiwanese saw themselves as China's natural rulers, they have been obsessed with preserving the heritage. The Chinese have knocked a lot of things down; if you travel round China, you're seeing megalopolises. In Taiwan tours guide to the authentic temples that have disappeared from the mainland. The landscape is lush, and you've got history and architecture there as well."
KLM fly to Taipei via Amsterdam and Bangkok.
Georgia's breakaway republics
Georgia does have a lot of tourist sights: mountains, monasteries, skiing in winter, lakeside beaches in the summer. It's the birthplace of Stalin; you've got Stalin's museum, where you can go and sit on his personal toilet when the guards aren't looking, and imagine Stalin's bottom gracing this seat of power and privilege.
In South Ossetia admittedly, there isn't an awful lot to see. But you will get a South Ossetian stamp in your passport. And some ex-Soviet stuff - well, a lot of it is almost still Soviet.
Ajaria has been brought back into the Georgian fold. There are health resorts on the Black Sea; it was a destination for Soviet holidaymakers, and has a great climate in the summer. It's not going to be Club Tropicana, right?
If you want to know more about Abkhazia the day before you are due to go, they may say they're not going to let you in because they've had some internal warfare in the government. But it's beautiful. Some say it was the home of the Golden Fleece, and the original garden of Eden.
European tours guide you to fly to Tbilisi via Amsterdam with bmi and KLM. An overnight train to Ajaria costs about £6. South Ossetia and Abkhasia are best visited from Russia.
As for Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian tours guide you there but you would be cautioned about going to that place because morally the situation is very questionable - although it's very beautiful.
New Orleans is fighting back faster than expected after Hurricane Katrina and tours guide and assure enticing visitors to return with a host of bargains and a giant party. They say tourists will be welcomed back as early as the start of next year.The most damaged parts of the Gulf Coast may be out of bounds for a year but New Orleans tours guide operators are already planning a January push.There will be lots of great deals as hotels will be looking for business. The city is already on the road to recovery. Biloxi airport reopened last week, flood water is being pumped out, electricity is to be switched on again by the end of the month and the attractive French Quarter, focal spot for tourism, is habitable again.The city is expected to be in full swing again by Mardi Gras in February. It will be one hell of a party, with lots of great deals for Valentine's Day.A key goal for tourism chiefs is to rebuild the casinos. Many of these were instantly destroyed by the hurricane as an old state law demanded they be built on pontoons over water. This law is now to be revoked.
Tours guide tourists to visit the other Mississippi cities of Chatanooga, Memphis and Nashville, or Georgia's coast, as an alternative to Mississippi's.
Other neighbouring states are nervous about using price-cutting or marketing efforts to attract visitors in case they are seen to be capitalising on the tragedy. The Florida Tourist Board said they were conscious of the need to be 'respectful'.