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Tourists avoid terrorist-hit destinations

01 September 2016 07:49

A series of recent terror attacks in France has triggered a decreasing trend in international arrivals there.

A series of recent terror attacks in France has triggered a decreasing trend in international arrivals there.

Holidaymakers are avoiding destinations after terrorist attacks, data suggests.

Both Turkey and France are seeing a fall in flight bookings.

Tourists choose alternative destinations

Turkey is set to be the hardest hit as flight bookings for September to December are expected to be down by 52% on the same period last year.

Over the same period, bookings to France are down by almost 20%.

Travel data company Forward Keys analysed flight reservation data for Radio 4's You and Yours programme.

Its findings suggest that people are travelling to Spain, Portugal and Italy instead.

A series of recent terror attacks in France starting with the Charlie Hebdo shooting, triggered a decreasing trend in international arrivals there, which was worsened by the Paris shootings in November 2015, according to Forward Keys.

France is suffering from an accumulated year-on-year decrease of 5.4% between August 2015 and July 2016, with Paris suffering a worse decline, down 7.5% over the same period.

Bookings to Turkey were down by 15% between August 2015 and July 2016 compared with the same period a year earlier due to a series of terror attacks and July's attempted coup which left 270 people dead.

Terror in Tunisia

International arrivals into Tunisia fell by 39.4% between August 2014 and July 2015, when a series of terror attacks - including the beach massacre in Sousse - targeted tourism destinations in the country.

However, figures from the Tunisian Tourist Board show there has been an increase in the number of visitors from Algeria and Russia.

The number of Russian tourists visiting Tunisia has more than doubled from 63,054 to 131,434 in the period between July 2014 and July 2016. The number of Algerian tourists has tripled from 65,000 in 2014 to 194,370 over the same period.

A cut in hotel prices, from around £45 to £25 have encouraged tourists from these areas to visit Tunisia.

Hichem Driss, vice-president of the National Hoteliers Federation in Tunisia told You and Yours that since the attacks hotels have lost the biggest part of their turnover which used to come from European customers.

He said: "We now receive more visitors from North Africa, and Eastern Europe, particularly Russia. They do not spend as much as the Europeans. We offer them special offers because it's important to have a little business to try and save jobs."

Tourists are always advised to take out trusted travel insurance if they are taking a trip abroad.