Published on : Friday, May 13, 2016
Europe used to be considered as the dream destination to the world, prior to terrorist-attacks in Paris and Brussels airport. The entire continent has been going through turmoil since they declined to close the doors for Syrian refugees, which automatically targeted Europe for terror attacks. Both the respective attacks on Paris and Brussels scared Australian travellers off as they are considering entire Europe unsafe to visit nowadays. For this reason, the tourism industry in Europe is facing a massive economic downfall.
According to David Beirman, the Tourism lecturer in the University of Technology Sydney, travellers prefer to visit places which are comparatively safer and closer to their home.
“You hear of terrorism in one part of Europe and the perception seems to spread that other parts of Europe are also dangerous,” Beirman quoted.
He added that the exchange rates of Australian dollar fell against Euro recently, and the current worth is just 64 cents. This is also setting the Australian tourists off.
“When our dollar was rising really high, up to the early part of 2015, Aussies generally were going in huge numbers to Europe,” Mr Beirman stated.
Now, in the first three months of 2016, officials have measured almost up to a 35% decline in the number of visitors.
Tom Walley, the Head of Leisure Travel at flight Centre stated the fact that the introduction to low-cost carriers has opened up the Asian destinations as well as South America, USA and Canada. Hence, countries like Indonesia, New Zealand and the United States are profiting more; whereas countries like Turkey, France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Spain and Croatia are facing the wrath.
In a way, it can be called an extensive form of terrorism which is affecting the entire European economy.