A recent survey by Send My Bag looked at the effect of terror on tourism in Europe. The courier company asked 2,500 people about their upcoming travel plans (1,000 Americans and 1,500 Europeans), to see if the recent attacks across the continent are having any effect on their plans.
Respondents were asked if they had let the recent extremist attacks affect their travel plans, and the results were very positive, with 79% of all of those surveyed declaring that that they had no intention of allowing their travel plans to change.
Algeria, Morocco, Germany, Spain, and France are some of the most popular holiday destinations each summer, and are visited by millions of travellers every year, however they’re now classified as “high risk of a terrorist attack”, leading many to fear that this will have a negative effect on their economies if tourists choose to stay home or travel elsewhere.
Out of the 1,000 Americans surveyed, 88% showed that they wouldn’t change their travel plans, and 80% of UK respondents said they also haven’t changed their plans.
Even with the horrific attacks in France recently, the French refuse to let it affect them, and 75% said their plans wouldn’t change.
Spain is the busiest country in Europe for tourists, and 69% said they wouldn’t change their plans, although they were also revealed as the most nervous, with 31% admitting that they had already changed their plans.
When the respondents were questioned further, many remained defiant, and comments included:
“The actions of a minority won’t affect my plans.”
“You’ve got more chance of dying on the way to the airport.”
“If we restrict our travel…they have won.”
Many cited the more heightened security and increased sharing of intel throughout Europe, with the belief that we’re actually safer than we have ever been. One good point is that tourists are more aware of what’s going on and also don’t want to be restricted by the terrorists.
Adam Ewart, a travel and tourism expert, recently commented on the findings of the survey. He said it’s sad that we’re learning to live with the threat of a terrorist attack, with almost daily reports of either an attack or a foiled plan.
That gives us two options he said: “…Either we change our plans and let fear dictate our lives or we make a stand.”
Mr Ewart also said that he’s thrilled that so many people feel the way he does and won’t let the attacks affect their lives, and this attitude makes it abundantly clear that terrorism simply won’t win.
So what are some steps that you can take to keep yourself safe in Europe this summer? Most countries will have a government agency that allows you to register your travel plan. This means that in the event that something goes wrong, they can quickly get hold of you.
It’s also important to be aware while you’re overseas, while also focusing on having a good time. For more information, read this article.