Local experts, global insights
Home  >  Press Releases  > How acts of terrorism affect top tourism destinations

How acts of terrorism affect top tourism destinations

05 August 2015

In a new Expert Insight piece, Gillian Kennedy, analyst at Canadean, looks at the effect terrorism has on some of the world’s top destinations, including Tunisia, Egypt and Paris.

In the past year acts of terror have destabilised the tourism sector causing havoc in some of the world’s destination hotspots. The Global Terrorism Index found that nearly 18,000 deaths were caused by terrorism in 2014, a jump of about 60% over the previous year. Whether it is the attacks at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris or the violent execution of tourists in Sousse, Tunisia, terrorism can have devastating consequences on tourism flows to a country. According to a Canadean survey, 71% of Britons who are going abroad for holidays this year say that a “low threat of terror attack” was an important factor affecting which country to visit. 

Highlights from the Expert Insight piece by Gillian Kennedy:

  • Due to the recent attacks in Tunisia, fewer British tourists are expected to travel to the country with the forecast figures to fall by 4% this year
  • In the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, only 9.6 million visitors arrived in Egypt in 2014, down from 14 million in 2010
  • Terror acts in stable developed countries such as France and UK are unlikely to harm the tourism industry in the long term


Tourism Terrorism


If you would like to receive the full article, please contact



About the author

Gillian Kennedy Profile Pic

Gillian Kennedy completed her PhD in Middle Eastern Politics at King’s College London in 2014, and has since been working for Canadean’s Travel and Tourism division as a lead analyst for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). 

For more information

Please get in contact if you have any questions to this or other Canadean surveys. Analysts are available to comment. Contact the Canadean press office on +44 (0) 207 936 6536 or email


Press Releases

Press Inquiries
T: +44 161 359 5822