Tourists at increasing risk on foreign roads

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A report has warned that tourist deaths on roads worldwide could double within the next 10 years.

Currently around 20,000 tourists a year die in road accidents abroad, but the Make Roads Safe Campaign and the FIA Foundation say this could double by 2020 and triple by 2030 unless action is taken.

The report has been released on World Tourism Day and says that holiday makers take risks during their vacations that they wouldn't take at home, such as riding motorbikes without helmets.

Tourists are also vulnerable because of cultural differences between road users in different countries, and the report highlights the fact that many popular holiday destinations are high risk areas when it comes to road safety.

The report calls for tour operators to use their economic clout to demand improvements, and for an international charter mark for safe road transport.