Global tourism sector gets tough in dealing with terrorism

Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017

imagesThe impact of the success rate of tourism is well documented. However, what is less known to many is amazing recovery of tourism affected countries worldwide. The danger of violence against vacationers and travelers is quite rampant in few countries entirely untouched by real terrorist attacks or perceptions of insecurity.

 

Western foreign ministries circulate updated advice intermittently for citizens intending to travel to opt for caution. There are notices in terms of risks even for the places lesser known for terrorist attacks.

 

The official guidance can appear pretty alarming for the nations that have witnessed violence. In terms of economy, the significance of a robust tourism sector is emphasized by statistics from the WTTC, the London-based industry forum.

 

The 2017 WTTC report highlights that the sector churning out US$7.6 trillion (DH29.9 trillion) for GDP and 292 million jobs that’s at par to 10 percent of all employment in last year.

 

“Despite the ever-increasing and unpredictable shocks from terrorist attacks and political instability, to health pandemics and natural disasters, travel and tourism continued to show its resilience,” says David Scowsill, who lately finished a six-year stint as the president and chief executive of the council. The WTTC calculates that restructuring the sector for the nations under the influence of terrorism takes on 13 months on an average even though the recovery range is wide, from two to 22 months

 

“It tends to depend on such factors as the effect on infrastructure and perceptions, the type of locations and the nature of the events,” says Olivia Ruggles-Brise, the council’s director of policy and communications.

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