How Has Terrorism Affected Tourism?
Terrorism has affected the tourists’ perception with regard to travelling and the risk associated with it. Over the years, terrorism acts have targeted tourist sites and in places where people gather in normal places. Acts of terrorism instill fear among local and foreign tourists and may change the perception people have toward a country. Destinations like Egypt suffer from decreased amounts of tourists due to terrorism acts.
Travelers often suffer from tighter security in borders, ports and airports. Visa regulations often heightened after terrorists have attacked a country. Many tourists have to pay higher costs of acquiring visas and have to undergo intrusive body scans and lengthy procedures in carrying liquids and electronic gadgets. Terrorism can also lead to unemployment deflation, homelessness, and economic and social ills. Many industries associated with tourism, such as hotels, airlines, shops and restaurants, suffer the repercussions of acts of terror.
The development of terrorism leaves tourists feeling vulnerable, especially after the 9/11 attack. A decade after the tragic Sept. 11 attack, tourism hasn’t picked up and the root cause of the terrorism act has been lost. If anything, it only paved the way to many travel barriers, which many travelers nowadays have to overcome.