As is often the case, the world is in flux — and with it, the travel industry. However, despite being both directly and indirectly affected by natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other ill-fated events, the industry continues to adapt, rebuild and bounce back the best it can — and, ideally, reemerge stronger than before.
Happily, countries across Asia currently find themselves outside the range of today’s issues causing uneasiness in U.S. travelers. As stated by Geo Branding Center’s “How Global Voices Shape Travel Choices” December 2015 report, one in four travelers has changed vacation plans in the past year, citing reasons such as global or local safety, health concerns and security. This includes potential terrorist attacks, which, according to July 2016’s Vacation Confidence Index from Allianz Global Assistance, 86 percent of U.S. travelers are concerned about. Due to these threats, Americans are most apprehensive about traveling to the Middle East (75 percent), followed by Europe (66 percent) and Africa (63 percent).
This story originally ran as the cover story for the 8/1/16 issue of TravelAge West.