Sankar Radhakrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct. 3

TERRORISM and violence across the world has increased, believe 75 per cent of the respondents who took part in a survey by the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

Called `Asia Pacific Travel and Tourism: The Industry Speaks', the study is based on the opinions of 264 players in the global tourism and travel industry.

According to the survey, respondents in Africa and West Asia believe there has only been a `slight increase' in terrorism and violence, unlike survey participants in Asia Pacific who believe there has been a `significant increase' in terrorism and violence.

And 61.6 per cent believe governments should pay for increased security costs.

Global warming and its impact on the travel industry were flagged as a major concern by 65.2 per cent. While 3.5 per cent said government travel advisories are well balanced, 60 per cent felt they are updated too slowly.

More encouragingly, 68.2 per cent of the respondents viewed the advent of low-cost airlines as a positive development, as budget flights increase the size of the travel market.

Eighty one per cent of the respondents felt the travel industry is a force for peace and that regional co-operation is the way to solve problems.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 4, 2005)
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