Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Errant advisory lifted, British coming again

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati is once again safe enough for the British.

        The United Kingdom lifted a travel warning this week that had urged citizens visiting Cincinnati to “stay off the streets” after work hours.

        The warning from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Consular Division was issued during the riots that followed the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in April.

        Although the rioting and unrest ended after a week, the travel warning remained in place for more than two months. Cincinnati officials say it was a mistake.

        “Somebody had forgotten to take us off the list,” said Rene McPhedran, manager of international business development for the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

        “We're no longer classified with Libya and Afghanistan.”

        Ms. McPhedran said she called the British Consulate in Chicago last week after learning Cincinnati was still listed as a dangerous place for travelers.

        She said consulate officials told her the warning should have been lifted weeks ago.

        Despite the delay, Ms. McPhedran said, the warning apparently had little impact on British tourists and business travelers.

        “We are seeing, and we've been seeing, British tourists and business people. The British are coming.”


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