Have you considered cancelling a holiday due to terrorism? Soon after an attack that’s not unusual, but our research shows that time does heal and travel is, by many accounts, extremely resilient.
ForwardKeys research showed in April 2017 that arrivals growth was “back on track” in Europe, and that travel is increasing. Just look at the increase in flights into Europe for the end of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2017 in the graph below, and it’s clear travellers are regaining confidence.
It’s important to remember that terrorism isn’t the only factor affecting these travel statistics, but it certainly plays an important role. We saw a decrease in visitors to London attractions after the recent attacks here in the UK, for example, but fortunately many have not been deterred.
A leading travel industry publication, the Moodie Davitt Report notes in reporting Europe’s resilience, “It has taken over a year for the air travel sector in the region to recover,” but visitor numbers are now exceeding those recorded before the November 2015 Paris attack.
FRANCE BOUNCING BACK
Paris – and Europe – really felt the effects of the tragic attacks in Paris and Nice, with notable decreases in visitors in the weeks following the incidents. In August 2016 however, it was reported by IATA (International Air Transit Association) that air travel was rising slower than it had compared to the same time the previous year, but as Smartertravel pointed out, tourism was still growing.
“European carriers saw the smallest rise in flight demand compared to other regions – Latin American air travel experienced the biggest. This is likely in part due to attacks like those that have rocked France, Belgium, Turkey, and Germany.”
A year later – early August 2017 – reports show that France has continued to recover despite further attempts by Islamic State/ISIL to create fear. Security has increased at airports and attractions throughout Europe, police presence is more visible, and governments are focusing on protecting their citizens and visitors, all of which seem to be giving travellers more confidence.
Radio France International (RFI) quoted figures from official statistics institute, Insee, in announcing an increase in hotel and flight bookings earlier this month: “The Paris region staged an even stronger recovery, with a 12.6 percent rise in hotel bookings and a 27.6 percent rise in other tourist accommodation, campsites seeing a particularly impressive rise.”
French government sources are said to be confident that the country’s tourism industry will see a total increase of 5-6% for 2017, with +-89 million foreign visitors.
DON’T STAY HOME!
We have said many times that we don’t believe in staying home or living in fear, and it’s encouraging to see that world travellers seem to agree! We do advise caution however – do your research to ensure that you have the latest information about your chosen destination and be aware of all potential risks. When you’re aware of risks such as terrorism, you can take steps to protect yourself – and that includes financial protection in case you’re affected directly or indirectly by terrorism.
Safe Journey was the first UK policy to cover cancellation (disinclination to travel*) if there’s an act of terrorism – within 40 miles of your destination, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure – and we’re committed to keeping this travel insurance top-up cost-effective for all travellers, with single trip policies from just £4.96 per person (for up to 8 days). So now you can join the resilience trend with even greater peace of mind!
*Please note, this is a summary only. For full details of Safe Journey cover, exclusions, terms and conditions, visit our Policy Wording page.