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Three in four British tourists ‘now avoiding Muslim countries’ out of fear of terrorism

More than half of those who responded to a poll said that a turbulent summer, which included the shooting in Sousse and also the migrant crisis that affected holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, had directly influenced their choice of holiday abroad.


The survey, carried out for Travelzoo, revealed a trend in holidaymakers claiming to be avoiding traditional winter sun destinations in favour of what they deemed to be “safer” destinations that they “would not otherwise have chosen to visit”.

The shooting on a Tunisian beach that left 30 British tourists dead is the main cause for concern if the survey is to be believed, with more than half of those questioned claiming that the incident had put them off planning or booking a holiday anywhere abroad.

Three quarters said that they were now avoiding booking trips to Islamic countries.

Kos migrant crisis is putting off holidaymakers

“Usually when Britain has a cool and wet summer, we are keen to take a holiday somewhere warm,“ said Yeganeh Morakabati, an academic in risk and tourism at Bournemouth University. “The events of this summer, however, have impacted the choices British consumers are making about where to go.”


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