BU Research Explores Travellers’ Perception of Terrorism and Political Unrest

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In light of the recent political unrest in Thailand and the attempted terrorist attack in New York’s Times Square, Bournemouth University (BU) research looks at the effect man-made conflict (political unrest, terrorism etc) can have on tourism.

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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

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Charlotte Knight
Bournemouth University
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