Impact of terrorism on tourism

Terrorism and its aim:

Terrorists are the super villains of real life. Their sole aim is to instill fear in the minds of the people to either change their behaviour or to coerce the government to accede to their demands.

A terrorist is most likely to attack or target a place which is fully jam-packed. This is because it wants to cause the maximum casualty and also because when a place is pouring with humanity, it is very difficult for security officers to keep a close eye on every one and even a suicide bomber can get away by sneaking into vietnam tours such crowded places. In the last few months, it has been increasingly noticed that the terrorists are attacking tourist friendly spots. This may have an adverse effect on an industry which is quite resilient.

Impact of terrorism on the tourist’s psychology:

It was only minutes before the terrorism attack at the Belgium airport in Brussels that a group of 50 students were scheduled to leave for a school trip to Europe from Licking Valley in the US. The Chief Educational Officer of the school immediately called off the trip temporarily. He was thanking his stars that the kids were not already en route. Brussels was also on the kids itinerary and it would be troublesome even traumatic to have young children visit places where there are fresh terrorist attacks.

The twin bombs that went off in Brussels in close proximity of location and time were not one off and isolated case of violence. An earlier attack at the French capital of Paris had left 57 people dead and over 300 people wounded and maimed.

Successive attacks in one area or areas close to each other for instance Paris and Brussels are very close to each other geographically sends shock waves across the world and immediately sends signals to tourists that the place may be prone to further attacks and it is not safe to travel too close in time with the attacks, not just yet.

Fortunately, public memory which is also the collective memory of the society is very weak. If it is a one off isolated terror attack incident, then within a matter of weeks everything settles down and business is on track as usual. But subsequent events of terrorism or fresh violence heard every few days or months definitely brings back the horror to people’s mind and they either

Procrastinate their trip indefinitely till conditions further improve or they simply stall their plans to go to in that particular direction.It is believed that a majority of the Licking Valley students and staff proposed to drop off the impending trip to Europe citing security issues. The trip we hear is cancelled for the year and the school is looking at other alternatives to take the kids on their study tour.

The anxiety does not last very long:

The World Trade Centre in one of its reports on tourism in the world suggested various time frames in which the psyche of the tourist changes and he starts to consider the once affected areas ready for his travel.


According to the report, it takes people 13 months approximately for people to forget about the horrors of a terror attack and resume travel to the same place. In contrast, tourists roughly take 21 months to overcome a disease affected area and 24 months in case of environmental degradation .
The public memory feels a place unsafe for travel for 27 months after a political or a civil unrest in the society. This report is an eye opener of sorts which confirms that in case of terrorist attack the people get easily ready to travel in the place in a shorter time frame as compared to other unfortunate events.

 

Recent attacks on tourist places:

Starting from 2015, there was an attack in Jakarta then in Tunisia. Attacks in turkey confirmed a lot of tourists dead especially Australians. Pakistan had a lot of terror attacks and then in Burkina Faso. The hi profile Paris and Brussels back to back bombing left  lot of people searching for answers why Europe was targeted. The most recent attack on the Ivory Coast has also left some threads lose. The police and agencies investigating the crime are awestruck about the courage and hard heartedness of the criminals infiltrating in such places where people who ultimately become victims are innocent travelers who are there just to relax and have their time under the sun.

The reaction of the tourism industry:

Travel as a sector is extremely dynamic and resilient. There is always the saying that time heals. What terrorism can do to tourist is to discourage them from entering a particular place for holiday but it cannot altogether stop people from traveling. As long as there is life, people will keep on travelling.

At a macro level the tourists will look for alternative destinations to hang up their shoes. And even at the micro level it will not be long enough before the people come back to the same tourist spot with gusto.

A temporary lull:

The back to back attacks on the French and Belgian capital in Europe did create a lull in the tourism market for a period of two months but not more. Incidentally, the same two months saw a spike in the inquiry of various travel insurances especially the one that covers terrorist attacks.

There was also a drop in hotel room bookings by about 15 percent but the following week itself there was a steep increase of 18 percent in the room bookings

Employment and revival:

The travel industry caters to millions of people including the people for whom it generates income. Therefore it just cannot die. If there is any lull in the market, it gets automatically corrected by the laws of economics. Say, a place X is affected by terrorist attacks. The weeks following the attacks there is a steep drop in the occupancy of rooms and the tourists fares. As a consequence the hotel industry will slash its rates to very attractive prices and also offer great discounts that will be difficult to refuse. Immediately a lot of

people who are attracted by the rates want to travel not minding the risk because they are very sure that the police will cordon the place well.Thus we can safely say that terrorism may have a short term or a medium term negative impact on tourism but never a long term.

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