Global tourism needs to put security as its top priority

Published on : Monday, February 20, 2017

Hands touching a globeThe World Tourism Forum held last week in Istanbul was marked by pomp and allure, which somehow covered the industry pundits’ anxiety over the declining security confidence among the potential travelers. Considering the global threat, reversing the industry’s fortunes would not be easy for the industry or the governments.

In case of Turkey, safeguarding tourism revenues will need a detailed policy than subsidized jet fuel for airline carriers. Global tourism industry must understand and engage with current and upcoming security trends to flourish in these troubled times. The industry needs to have better understanding of the threats, customer fears and government policy measures. It needs to make the best out of the new opportunities that might come up.

Security problem today isn’t just about terrorism; it’s equally related to organized crime.


The line between terrorism and crime is becoming increasingly vague – especially in cases like kidnapping of tourists for ransom. So it’s no surprise that countries like America, the UK and Australia are warning their citizens against traveling while also strengthening their own borders. Many countries warn their citizens against traveling internationally or particularly for some countries.


This current trend of “getting tough” on border security doesn’t mean that traveling across borders is getting more difficult. It means that for the citizens of some countries, international travel continues to get easier. Meanwhile for others, travel is getting difficult or impossible in the face of decisions such as U.S. President Donald Trump’s migration bans. Although unjust, if tourism industry needs to survive, it must adhere to this ‘selective permeability’ trend.


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