Impact of terrorism & conflict on tourism – Thematic Research

There is very little that travel and tourism companies can do to prepare for the threats of terrorism & conflict beyond increasing security.

This thematic research report takes an in-depth look at the theme of Terrorism & Conflict and the impact it has on the industry, its players, and also on tourists. The report covers both positive and negative trends contributing to terrorism & conflict, real-life case studies and a unique thematic analysis of the impact on the industry including recommendations for travel & tourism companies. Additionally, we highlight the public and private companies involved with or affected by terrorism & conflict.

“The effects of terrorism and conflict can leave a destination in a bad state. However, by increasing tourism, the economy can benefit directly and the destination will be more likely to receive foreign investment. Destinations can bounce back quickly as has been seen in France and the UK after multiple terrorist attacks in recent years, showing that tourism is a powerful and resilient industry.”


This report provides an overview of the impact of terrorism & conflict on tourism and clearly defines the various faces of the theme.

It identifies the main trends related to the terrorism & conflict theme, classified into three categories: trends contributing to terrorism & conflict, negative trends as a result of terrorism & conflict, and positive trends that can be taken from terrorism & conflict.

This report identifies several case studies to illustrate the impact of terrorism & conflict on the industry, including examples from P&O Cruises and Palestinian Airlines. Additionally, it provides an insight into what companies and DMOs are doing to tackle the issue.

Our unique thematic methodology provides an in-depth analysis of the impact of the theme on the travel & tourism industry, underlining several countries that have been impacted the most by terrorism & conflict.

We highlight public and private companies involved with or affected by terrorism & conflict, including Airbnb and Carnival.

Key Highlights

Terrorist attacks often occur out of the blue and a destination can be sent into total disarray as a result. While conflicts are usually easier to predict and prepare for, travel companies ultimately have no power over decisions and the destructive effects can be even more widespread than that of a terrorist attack.

Some of the areas under the biggest threat of conflicts are rich with culture and could be huge tourist destinations if peace was restored. Despite the destruction and suffering that terrorism & conflict causes, there are occasions where a silver lining can be found.

NGOs are heavily involved in helping those affected by war and in rebuilding efforts, which are crucial to restore any viable travel and tourism industry. Efforts from DMOs as well as local companies are also needed to improve the public image of a destination after a terrorist attack or conflict.

Other travel and tourism companies involved with the theme are those who specialize in tours either to countries experiencing conflict or to destinations with places of interest related to past conflict.

The countries scoring highest in terms of risk are Syria, Yemen, Libya, Venezuela, and Burundi. Conflicts in these countries have destroyed infrastructure and prevented tourism industries from operating.

Reasons to buy

Understand the impacts of terrorism & conflict on travel & tourism companies, using case studies and examples to help you understand how you can tackle and adapt to this issue.

Assess the strategies that companies and governments are adopting to combat the issue and attract travellers to their destinations, gaining competitive advantage as a result.

Discover which countries and companies have been most affected by terrorism & conflict and use this information to plan and strategize accordingly.

GlobalData’s thematic research ecosystem is a single, integrated global research platform that provides an easy-to-use framework for tracking all themes across all companies in all sectors. It has a proven track record of identifying the important themes early, enabling companies to make the right investments ahead of the competition, and secure that all-important competitive advantage.

CEOs and Senior Executives within the travel & tourism should utilize this report to identify the positive and negative effects on their industry as a result of terrorism & conflict.

Marketing Directors and CMOs within travel & tourism companies can identify ways in which companies and governments are attracting travellers to their destinations despite impacts of terrorism & conflict.

Companies mentioned

Airbnb, Carnival Corporation, Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, Ctrip, Dusit Thani, G Adventures, Indian Hotels Company Limited, Koryo Travel, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, STA Travel, Travco, TripAdvisor, Young Pioneer Tours

Table of Contents



Trends contributing to terrorism & conflict

Negative trends as a result of terrorism & conflict

Positive trends that can be taken from terrorism & conflict

Case studies

Sri Lanka Easter Sunday attack

P&O Cruises cancel Dubai itinerates

Palestinian Airlines

Kenya Terrorism


Impact of terrorism & conflict on the travel and tourism industry

Recommendations for travel and tourism companies


Publicly traded companie

Private companies




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