SA travellers change travel patterns in reaction to terror attacks
Flight Centre has seen a change in South African travellers’ behaviour following the recent terror attacks.
The company’s statistics show that travel to Belgium, France, Tunisia and Turkey declined in the first six months of the year.
Between January and July, ticket sales to Belgium were down 16% and France was down 29%. Since the attacks in Paris in November last year, travel to the city is down 26%.
Flight Centre has seen a decline of 28% in travel to Tunisia following the lone gunman’s attack at a beach resort last June and travel to Turkey has dropped by 50% in the first six months of 2016.
“South Africans are incredibly resilient travellers, but they are showing signs of being deterred by the terror attacks we have witnessed in Europe and North Africa over the last year,” says Flight Centre’s air leader, Karin Smit.
Karin says travellers are opting for safe havens like Sri Lanka, which has recorded growth of 93%, while South African staples such as Thailand and Mauritius are also steady.