Some big time travel destinations have been affected by terrorism lately, which begs the question, how is it affecting tourism?
- Currently, searches for European vacations are down 13%, compared to this time last year. However, searches for South America and Asia are higher. Travelers aren’t ready to stop traveling, they’re just temporarily diverting.
- According to one study, terrorism generally dissuades visitors for about a year. It sounds bad, but the same study showed that a natural disaster or political unrest can affect tourism for twice that long.
- Experts are still predicting a solid summer travel season though, mostly because a strong dollar and cheap airfare are a stronger influence on tourists than potential terrorism.
- What if you already planned a trip to Europe? Should you stay or should you go? Experts say, go. But have a plan and use these tips to stay safe.