18
Jul-2016

Tourism in the Age of Terrorism: Is fear changing how we travel

Tourism in the age of terrorism and how the landscape is changing driven more by fear than actual dangers. How has your perceptions changed the way you travel?

“But isn’t fear of terrorist attacks, rationally speaking, completely overblown? From the sober perspective of statisticians and risk

Jerash is just as popular with locals as a place to stroll, as it is with travelers. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

Jerash is just as popular with locals as a place to stroll, as it is with travelers. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

analysts, the answer is yes. The probability of falling victim to terrorist violence in a foreign country is extremely low. You’re much more likely to get into a car accident on the way to the airport or suffer a heart attack inside the terminal because the check-in line is so long…Death by terrorism is as likely as death by falling coconut, which kills 150 people a year. Or by walking backwards off a cliff while taking a selfie — a fairly new kind of fatal accident….But vacation isn’t a probability calculation. It is an emotional journey. And fear breeds more fear. Tourists are social creatures — and not many of them would enjoy the prospect of sitting alone near the hotel buffet, surrounded by melancholic waiters….Fear of terrorism is dividing the world into winners and losers. Spain, Germany, Greece and Italy are profiting. In Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, small family-owned companies and large hotel chains alike are going under.”

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