The rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and similar affiliated groups across Africa and the Middle East has triggered terrorist attacks in nearly every region of the world. As a result, travelers are less likely to go on short weekend trips, less likely to visit places that they are unfamiliar with, and overall much more reluctant to visit large cities and population centers.
The travel industry is certainly being negatively affected by the preponderance of attacks in the past few years, and unfortunately, there isn’t a clear end in sight. Travel insurance companies sell trip protection policies to help combat uncertainty — and this industry is needed more than ever right now.
The travel industry loves people who go on weekend jaunts or shorter trips, mainly because they are more likely than long-term travelers to spend money on accommodations and travel upgrades. However, these short-term customers are disappearing in recent years. The weekend or weekday travelers are typically not incredibly enthusiastic travelers; their enthusiasm for getting away will certainly be tampered by the threat of a terrorist attack. The travel industry is losing one of its cash cows, and all of the comprehensive travel insurance in the world might not make much of a difference.
The travel industry counts on transporting people from one side of the world to the other; typical world travelers are interested in absorbing other cultures and trying new things that they cannot in their home countries. However, uncertainty about the safety of developing countries, and even entire regions such as the Middle East, has slowed the overall travel industry according to experts in various media.
The decline in exploratory travel may be related to a general reluctance among the populace to take airplanes, trains or buses for the purpose of leisure travel. Many recent terrorist attacks have targeted airports, subway stations or train terminals, and most casual travelers simply would rather drive or stay home than travel great distances by mass transit.
The travel industry has been thrown into flux by the recent upsurge in terrorist acts, but the best panacea for uncertainty is travel insurance. Purchasing trip protection can help set your mind at ease while you focus on the larger issues that you face as a citizen of a world in turbulence. Many plans offer Coverage for Terrorism as a covered reason for trip cancellation and trip interruption. Compare plans and read terms to understand coverage before you buy.