Despite the recent terror attacks in France and Germany, new research by a door-to-door worldwide holiday baggage courier company has found that tourists remain defiant, with 79% proudly stating that they will not let the ongoing terrorist threats affect their European travel plans this summer.
The Foreign Office recently classed Spain, France, Germany, Morocco and Algeria as places with a ‘high risk of a terrorist attack’ and to find out what the effects of recent attacks in France and Germany have had on those travelling this summer, sendmybag.com surveyed 2,500 people from across the world asking them if it has affected their upcoming travel plans.
The survey asked 1,000 Americans and 1,500 Europeans, “Have you let the recent extremist attacks in Europe affect your travel plans?”
The results were overwhelmingly positive, with 79% of all respondents declaring that they had no intentions of changing their travel plans. The survey also revealed that Americans were the most stoic with 88% saying they would not change their travel plans, whereas the Spanish were the most nervous with 31% admitting that they were thinking of or had changed travel plans because of the attacks.
Asked to comment about their thoughts those surveyed said:
“The actions of a minority will not affect my travel plans. I will not be made to feel scared on holiday or allow these people to dictate through fear where I wish to go.”
“They (sic) Terrorists do not put me off travelling, you have much higher chances of dying on the way to the airport than on holiday.”
“If we restrict our travel because of the actions of terrorists, then they have won. The effect on economies around Europe would be more devastating, than a single attack.”
“We have much more heightened security and I’d like to think sharing intel is now much better, that perhaps we are safer now than ever. People are so much more aware and don’t want to be restricted by those wishing us harm.”
Adam Ewart, founder of Send My Bag talked about the results, saying:
“Sadly, the threat of a terrorist attack is something we are having to learn how to live with. It seems that we get almost daily reports of either a plan being foiled or an attack being made. This leaves us with two options: either we change our plans and let fear dictate our lives or we make a stand. I am so thrilled to see that some many people feel like I do and will not let these attacks affect their lives. It makes it abundantly clear that terrorism, in any form, will not win.”
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