Deadly Episodes of Terror Attacks are Not Good for Travel Trade
Evil doers who go to any extent to achieve their political and religious ambitions and feel life is cheap have affected our psyches, compelling us to beef up security in all critical establishments, like airports. Men and women in khaki, black or olive uniforms are not difficult to find in public events and establishments. However, an unanswered question- Why most of the time criminals outsmart security personnel?- resurfaced in my mind while watching news of explosives found on Bangalore-Trivandrum flight of Kingfisher on Sunday (March 21, 2010). I think a thorough and timely introspection is required at all levels to find out why we can not protect ourselves. Do we lack patriotism? Do we need more training? Are we too self-centered? Or Do we like cheap thrill and cheap money?
In fact, security failures cripple day-to-day life and adversely impact the industry, especially travel and tourism industry because no tourist barring an adventure traveler would like to spend a holiday in an unsafe place. For instance, deadly episodes of terror attacks have almost killed the tourism industry in Jammu and Kashmir,India.
Visits to Wilderness Can Revive Self-Esteem of Teens with Terrifying Past
Nature in raw state or wilderness is enthralling despite challenges it throws to people wishing to enjoy its beauty. Many people have dared and learned to survive it and health benefits of spending time within a wilderness area are well known. However, the U.K.-based Wilderness Foundation organizes trips to natural environments and wilderness areas for reviving self-esteem of teens with disturbing and frustrating past. Jo Roberts, chief executive of the foundation, has rightly pointed out (“Wilderness treks helping troubled teens in U.K” by Louise Tickle) that nature cannot be changed so we have to learn how to endure it. We can neither negotiate nor be angry with nature.
The Sport and Exercise Science Department of Essex University is testing the theory that taking disturbed teens to natural environments could act as a catalyst for a complete personality change.
Adventure Offering Trends: 2008 vs. 2009
The “2009 Trends in Adventure Offerings” by Xola Consulting, Inc. and the “2008 Adventure Industry Research Roundup” by Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) show that customized and family adventure offerings are growing rapidly.
Xola observed that some of the “specialty” adventure companies are opting for geographic and activity-based diversification. More number of adventure companies are developing multi-activity holiday trips- rafting, biking, kayaking and/or hiking combo packages.
ATTA reported an increase in sea expeditions toAlaska, Galapagos andArctic, women-specific trips and dedicated measures taken to cut down environmental impact and carbon imprint. “Frequent traveler programs” were launched to win customer loyalty. Read full reports at
Full Body Scanners: Majority Air Travelers Ready to Compromise on Privacy
During the UK based Skyscanner Ltd’s poll, two third travelers favored the use of full body scanners at the airports for improved security. But 30% travelers disapproved the use considering privacy and health (radiation) issues. And another poll conducted by the USA Today/Gallup, based in the US, also concludes that more than 75% air travelers are in favor of using the scanner despite privacy issues.
Economic Downturn Takes Its Toll on Long-haul travel
Tourists are opting for short-haul trips near home instead of long-haul to holiday within their budget that was badly affected by recession. In Europe, short haul trips recorded a decline of 6% whereas the long-haul registered a drop of 12%. Read full report at http://www1.messe-berlin.de/vip8_1/website/Internet/Internet/www.itb-berlin/pdf/Publikationen/worldttr_2010.pdf.
Olympics of Tourism 2010: Disparity Between Upper Age Limit for Men and Women
Hungary deserves kudos for starting Olympics of Tourism (http://www.olympicsoftourism.com/) that is exclusively organized for travel and tourism industry professionals. However, the organizers should reconsider the upper age limit of 45 years for female participants, unlike 55 years for their male counterparts. In today’s world, women have come forward and showed exemplary courage and their skills in almost every field. For instance, the Polish woman mountaineer Anna Czerwińska climbed Everest at the age of50 in 2000. Why can’t woman of 50+ age group participate in other sports?