Tourism and terrorism is a hot discussion subject not only within UNWTO, WTTC, ETOA, PATA, or among CEOs of tourism authorities around the world.
Surprisingly, for some, are the results of a survey done by a travel courier company:
Despite the recent terrorist attacks in Europe and the ongoing headlines about the attacks planned on the Euro 2016 football tournament, new research undertaken has revealed that the public remain defiant and 79% proudly state they will not let the ongoing terrorist threats affect their travel plans this summer.
Spain, France, Germany, Morocco and Algeria are all popular summer holiday destinations which are visited by millions of holiday makers every year, but after the activities of the last few months, now they are also all linked as they have recently been classed as ‘as high risk of a terrorist attack’ by the Foreign Office.
To find out what effects of these attacks have had on those traveling this summer, a courier company surveyed a total of 2,500 people to find out if attacks across Europe have affected their upcoming travel plans.
Surveying 1,000 Americans and 1,500 Europeans Send My Bag asked respondents: “Have you let the recent extremist attacks in Europe affect your travel plans?” The results were overwhelmingly positive, a massive 79% of all respondents declared that they had no intention to change travel plans.
They were also interesting to see how the attacks affected different nationalities. The survey revealed that Americans were the most tenacious with a whopping 88% of the 1,000 Americans surveyed showing they would not change travel plans, whereas the Spanish were revealed as the most nervous with 31% admitting that they had changed travel plans.
The results can be broken down further to reveal:
In the UK over 80% of travelers have not changed their bookings for their European holidays
Despite attacks in their capital city, the French are also defiant 75% will not be changing their travel plans
As the busiest country for tourists in Europe, the Spanish are not letting the threat of terror attacks put them off travel, 69% will not be changing their plans
American travelers we found to be the most defiant a massive 88% stated they would not be changing their European travel plans
Asked further about their thoughts those surveyed said:
“The actions of a minority will not affect my travel plans. I will not be made to feel scared on holiday or allow these people to dictate through fear where I wish to go.”
“They Terrorists do not put me off travlling, you have much higher chances of dying on the way to the airport than on holiday.”
“If we restrict our travel because of the actions of terrorists, then they have won. The effect on economies around Europe would be more devastating, than a single attack.”
“We have much more heightened security and I’d like to think sharing intel is now much better, that perhaps we are safer now than ever. People are so much more aware and don’t want to be restricted by those wishing us harm.”
Commenting on the findings, travel and tourism expert Adam Ewart said:
“Sadly, the threat of a terrorist attack is something we are having to learn how to live with. It seems that we get almost daily reports of either a plan being foiled or an attack being made. This leaves us with two options: either we change our plans and let fear dictate our lives or we make a stand. I am so thrilled to see that some many people feel like I do and will not let these attacks affect their lives. It makes it abundantly clear that terrorism, in any form, will not win.”