Will UK Terror Attacks Affect Tourist Influx?

Tourists visit a country looking for a period of fun. In that case, the threat of terrorism looms over them like a grey shadow.

The horrific attack on Manchester, UK seems to have raised concerns about the tourism activity of the country considering there was a surge in tourist arrivals before the attack. This can be attributed to the fall of the pound and the Brexit update which attracted more visitors to this otherwise expensive country.

In London, the year 2016 saw a record high of 19 million tourists ranking it as one of the most visited cities in the globe according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS.) So doubts are being raised again if the terrorist attack on Manchester might decrease the tourist inflow to the UK especially after raising the terror threat level.

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As per inputs from Tunisia, Egypt and France, this seems to hold true. Egypt recorded a 45.5 percent decrease in tourist arrivals last year as compared to the numbers in 2015 as per World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) after a Russian passenger aeroplane crashed over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.

Refusal of the UK Government to lift bans on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, from where the flight took off, has significantly impacted the tourism industry.
A massacre of 38 tourists in a hotel in Tunisia has also led to a setback in the tourism of the country.

But David Scowsill, President of the WTTC, believes that the Manchester attack is not very likely to affect tourism activity negatively. If the Manchester attack is a random terrorist attack without a specific agenda, the impact should be lesser and the recovery time, quicker. He attributes this to the resilience of the tourists and also cited examples of the London 7/7 Madrid Atocha Station bombings that didn’t affect tourism activity considerably.

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