Flight Centre has seen a change in South African travellers’ behaviour following 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 percent and France was down 29 percent. Since the attacks in Paris in November last year, travel to the city is down 26 percent. Flight Centre has seen a decline of 28 percent in travel to Tunisia following the lone gunman’s attack at a beach resort last June and travel to Turkey has dropped by 50 percent 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. Smit says travellers are opting for safe havens like Sri Lanka, which has recorded growth of 93 percent, while South African staples such as Thailand and Mauritius are also steady.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: eTNW.