(PRWeb UK) May 7, 2010
Research undertaken by BU’s Dr Yeganeh Morakabati – an expert in tourism disaster management, impacts and recovery – explores travellers’ risk perceptions towards man-made conflict and how these perceptions influence destination choice.
Aimed at helping tourism policy makers to reduce the negative effects of travel risk aversion, the research discovered that:
- Contrary to the opinions of the media and tourism experts, when choosing where to travel, travellers showed more concern for financial security (credit-card fraud etc) than terrorism or political unrest
- Travellers’ perceptions are significantly influenced by ‘travel-warnings’ that tend to be dominated by politics rather than actual incidents
- Political unrest/terrorism affects tourism flows regardless of their intensity
- Frequency of incidents is a major determinant of the magnitude and nature of impacts (frequency acting as a proxy for likelihood of future attacks)
- The magnitude of an incident, combined with the level of tourism development, is a significant factor in determining recovery periods.
Dr Morakabati is available for interview and can be contacted on tel: 01202 961891 email: ymora(at)bournemouth(dot)ac(dot)uk