Published on : Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The threat of extremist violence against holidaymakers and other travellers is widespread; however, few areas of the world are untouched by actual attacks or perceptions of insecurity.
Western foreign ministries, however, exercise a lot of caution for tourists travelling to various countries which are prone to sudden terrorist attacks. There are warnings of risks even in destinations with little or no history of terrorist attacks.
For countries that have witnessed atrocities, the official guidance can seem alarming.
The 2017 WTTC report shows the tourism sector generated US$7.6 trillion (DH29.9 trillion) for the global GDP and gave rise to 292 million jobs – equivalent to 10 per cent of all employment in 2016.
Paris took some time to recover from the horrific attacks of November 2015. International and domestic bookings fell by 30 per cent as the immediate aftermath.
By contrast, London recovered quickly after the London Bridge attack in June when a van driver deliberately ploughed into pedestrians, leaving eight dead and 48 injured. In the US, Las Vegas was “more or less up and running” again within days of a gunman, without obvious political motivation, shooting dead 58 people attending a country and western music concert.
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