Tourism Industry worldwide has been affected in recent times. Several causes have led to the decrease in number of travelers in some of the popular tourist hubs across the world.
Here are some of the probable causes that encouraged lesser vacations this season.
The latest global airline safety report shows there were 90 commercial airplane accidents in 2013. Among which nine involved fatalities.
With the increasing number of emergency landings and plane crashes travellers fear catastrophic death.
The recently sensational disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 created panic among global travellers. Following the mishap, another Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 295 people on board crashed in Eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. Yesterday, an Air Algerie plane MD-83 with 110 passengers and 6 crew members crashed near Mali.
Such incidents diminish faith on a safe, secured journey.
Natural calamities have proved to be fatal in the recent past. Several renowned tourist hotspots have been widely affected by Tsunamis, Typhoons, extensive floods and earthquakes.
The number of tropical cyclones during 2013 was slightly above average, with a total of 94 storms, in comparison to the 1981-2010 average of 89.
The North Atlantic Basin had its quietest season since 1994. However, in the Western North Pacific Basin, Super Typhoon Haiyan – the deadliest cyclone of 2013 – had the highest wind speed ever assigned to a tropical cyclone, with one-minute sustained winds estimated to be 196 miles per hour.
Recently, the hazardous Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan, Super Typhoon Rammasun in China and many more have contributed to the misery.
Holiday-makers generally prefer mild climatic conditions for a perfect vacation. Warm temperature trends continued near the Earth’s surface: Four major independent datasets show 2013 was among the warmest years on record, ranking between second and sixth depending upon the dataset used.
In the Southern Hemisphere, Australia observed its warmest year on record, while Argentina had its second warmest and New Zealand it’s third warmest.
Sea surface temperatures increased: Four independent datasets indicate that the globally averaged sea surface temperature for 2013 was among the 10 warmest on record.
The recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict had adversely affected the tourism industry of the concerned pilgrim hubs. Travellers are avoiding areas of Israel in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip due to the risks presented by small arms fire, anti-tank weapons, rockets, and mortars, as attacks from Gaza can come with little or no warning.
The U.S. Department of State warned U.S. citizens of the risks of travelling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities.
Strict visa policies:
According to a report compiled by the World Tourism Organization, “Visa policies are among the most important governmental formalities influencing international tourism.”Visa policies of several nations have been restricted to quite a few rules and regulations leading a drop in the numbers of travellers.
Recently, South Africa Tourism has tightened their visa policies that have affected tourism in the region.
The bulk of the official Russian delegation set to attend the United Kingdom’s Farnborough Airshow were refused British visas based on Moscow’s stance regarding the Ukraine crisis.
Thus, these factors have led to major tourism concern across the globe and a must effective implementation of solutions could retain the faith in a safe journey among travellers