Three in four travellers continue to vacation despite safety concerns

Three in four travellers continue to vacation despite safety concerns

TORONTO — A majority of travellers (73%) have not changed their vacation plans in the past year despite their concerns about local safety, security or health.

The statistic is part of a worldwide survey conducted by Travelzoo. The international study, ‘How Global Voices Shape Travel Choices: The Impact of Consumer Apprehension on Travel Intention’ was conducted in October 2015, before the Paris terrorist attacks. It also indicated that 95% of respondents consider how world events will impact their safety before making travel plans.

Other survey findings included:

Biggest concerns that factor in to travel destination decisions:

Terrorist activity (77%)

Military conflict or fighting (59%)

Outbreak of disease or health risks (46%)

Political upheaval (25%)

High incidence of crime (25%)

Destinations considered most safe for travel:

Western Europe (48%)

USA (15%)

Islands (13%)

Australia (8%)

Canada (5%)

Destinations considered least safe for travel:

Middle East / Near East (39%)

Africa (15%)

Egypt (12%)

Israel (8%)

Turkey (5%)

Syria (5%)