Visiting North Africa

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After the Spring revolution locals waved at tourists to thank them for returning. Now there will be fewer to wave at if Travelzz is correct.

After the Spring revolution locals waved at tourists to thank them for returning. Now there will be fewer to wave at if Travelzz is correct.

Travelzoo says that three out of four British holidaymakers are actively avoiding Islamic countries following recent acts of terrorism. But this avoidance isn’t just limited to Islamic countries. It also claims that news stories about migrant attempts to board Eurostar trains is putting people off using Eurostar as well.

The study found that UK consumers feel most secure travelling to the Canary Islands, the Caribbean or Australia for winter sun this year.  For travel over the next 12 months, British people are most confident booking Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and the USA.

Can we believe this study especially since it also claims that over half said that the terrorist attack on the beach in Tunisia had put them off planning or booking a holiday anywhere abroad? Really? 50% would not consider a holiday abroad because of terrorism in just a few countries of the world?

I’m sceptical of this result given that the top tourist destinations – Spain and France – are abroad. I cannot see us abandoning overseas given the long history of us holidaying abroad. If half of us are considering this, could this be made up of people who don’t holiday abroad, those unable to holiday abroad and then the few who are dissuaded by news stories?

For countries such as Tunisia and Egypt where terrorist events have taken place I can see why some people would be hesitant in holidaying there which is a shame as in both those countries, the average local is welcoming, friendly and recognises the value of visitors. In other countries with large Islamist numbers such as Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, Oman and the Maldives where there have been less concern, why should they suffer from something unknown to them? These countries will hope that this Travelzoo study is wrong.

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