The Global Peace Index has officially said that the world is a more dangerous place to travel in than before 2008. Recent data shows that many tourists are especially turning away from traveling to Europe following many terrorist attacks there.
For example, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that flight bookings between Asia and Europe had the worst year for any travel sector in 2016. More Asians decided to travel either to Australia, North America, or other Asian countries. This trend is only expected to contract further in the ensuing months.
One European nation hit particularly hard is France. After the numerous terrorist attacks, the flooding in the capital city, and the highly publicized reports of Kim Kardashian’s robbery, the tourism industry in France is experiencing its worst year ever. Bookings for trips to France via Air France have been dropping 8 percent annually. France has lost many tourists from Japan, China, and even the USA.
Other countries people are apparently erasing from their bucket lists include Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, and Belgium.
It is a fact that terrorism around the world has increased. However, travel experts remind us that it is still more likely to die from a car crash, lighting strike, or obesity than to be caught in a terrorist attack.
Tourist experts say that our reactions to terrorism are natural and very human, but not rational. It will be a long time before people feel comfortable visiting these nations that have been so much in the news recently. Yet, people in the travel industry say that tourism is rising each year, and just because the world is more dangerous shouldn’t deter people from taking part in the joys of travel.
One thing travel experts suggest to their clients is taking a trip to a part of the world not in the media spotlight. A few suggestions for cautious travelers include Mongolia, Faroe Islands, Tahiti, Chile, Easter Island, and Australia.