Wave of attacks led to fall in tourist arrivals and tourism revenues

Published on : Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wave of attacks led to falA wave of attacks in recent months has led to fall in tourist arrivals and tourism revenues in some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations.

Paris suffered a fall in tourist numbers in November after gunmen carried out simultaneous attacks near a football stadium and on restaurants and a concert hall.


According to a survey by Synhorcat, the Paris hotel and restaurant operators’ union, restaurants and hotels witnessed business drop by 44 per cent and 57 per cent respectively in the week after the attacks

“Popular tourist destinations are very likely to be deeply affected by recurrent attacks occurring on their soil. Terrorism inspire fear of new attacks, making changes in travel behaviour,” Gulfnews quoted Kinda Chebib, senior research analyst at consultancy Euromonitor International as informing via email.

The attacks followed the assault at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January last year that left 17 people dead.

Turkey too has witnessed a slump in tourism following a bomb attack in the capital Ankara in October. And recently a suicide bomber killed 10 people and left 15 wounded in Istanbul’s tourist district Sultanahmet, near major tourist attractions including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Most of those killed were German tourists, who make up the largest share of holidaymakers in Turkey.

According to Chebib, the estimated loss in Turkey’s tourism income for 2015 reaches $10 billion.

Egypt’s tourism industry has also taken a hit. A Russian plane was downed in Sinai last October killing all 224 people on board. Egypt’s tourism minister Hisham Zaazou said last month that direct revenue losses from tourism since the plane crash range from $280 million to $300 million.

The multiple blasts and gunfire in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta are expected to hurt Indonesia’s tourism industry, which is performing strongly.


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