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Published on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Brits reveal growing fears of terror attacks on holiday

Seven out of 10 Brits are more concerned about the risk of a terror attack on holiday than they were two years ago, according to Travelzoo.

The company carried out research among 6,000 people throughout Europe for a White Paper on travel security, which is published today. The findings show safety and security is a top concern when choosing a holiday destination for 97% of people.

For Britons taking part in the survey, 68% are more concerned with the risk of a terror attack than they were two years ago, with 75% saying the reason for this is they believe the world has become a more dangerous place.

Around 40% of British respondents say they feel they are the most targeted nation abroad. 

Travelzoo is calling for a worldwide security 'kitemark' system for all hotels, airports and venues in its White Paper.

Called State of Play: the Impact of Geopolitical Events on International Tourism in 2017, the White Paper has been written in collaboration with Yeganeh Morakabati, associate professor at Bournemouth University and includes research in nine countries.

It follows the Coroner's ruling at the inquest into the deaths of 30 Britons, among the 38 who died in the 2015 Tunisia tragedy, which found they were unlawfully killed.

Travelzoo European president Richard Singer said: "The inquest, and our White Paper, shows we need better, easier-to-understand information on websites such as the Foreign Office and its counterparts in other nations.

"The recent FCO Travel Aware campaign is a step in the right direction, but it could be made clearer still. 

"It also appears that most holidays are sold without any communication about the safety level of a destination until after the point of sale.

"More proactive communication about FCO advice ahead of purchase would build trust."

Singer added: "The 'kitemark' system we're proposing is a quick and simple way of seeing if an airport or hotel has met a required set of safety and security standards, similar to the government's cyber security kitemarks, or the systems in place for food or other goods. 

"Ideally the system would work in tandem with improved destination advice for consumers on government websites, as well as increased proactivity from the travel industry in showing consumers this advice ahead of the point of purchase."

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  • Look at the UK's own threat level

    I can't see how a kitemarking system could prevent random acts of violence, such as those we've seen recently in Europe, or the outrage that happened in Sousse. We can turn our back on the rest of the world, not travel and hide at home, but that isn"t likely to be any safer if the current Mi5 threat level is to be trusted - "SEVERE - an attack is highly likely" which is offered on the website This seems to be the same level as currently applied to Tunisia - "The threat from terrorism in Tunisia is high. Further attacks remain highly likely, including against foreigners." Statistically you"re so much more likely to be killed in a road accident at home or abroad. Terrorism is terrifying because it"s deliberate, but it"s not a big threat compared with negligent vehicle checks, drunken drivers or sheer bad luck.

    By Richard Trillo, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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