Safety and security have always been indispensable conditions for travel and tourism, but it is an incontestable fact that safety and security issues gained much bigger importance in the last two decades in tourism. The following article discusses the latest challenges faced by safe tourism in general, with particular reference to India.
The world has undergone tremendous changes during the last two decades, especially the travel and tourism industry. This vital industry has been the worst-hit by the growing incidence of terrorist acts, local wars, natural disasters, epidemics and pandemics, with the result that safe travel and stay has gained added importance and priority. The travel and tourism industry could not avoid the negative impacts and consequences of these events. Moreover, some of these events manifested the vulnerability of tourism at both global level and regional level.
In this context, some of the crucial questions are: Why did safety and security become so important in the Age of Global Tourism? What are the main factors influencing security issues? What are the key elements that are treated as belonging to security and safety problems? How do safety problems influence the tourists when they are choosing their destination? What are the tasks and responsibilities of the players in tourism – including tourists – in reducing menaces against tourists and their possessions as well as against people working in the industry and tourism infrastructure?
(Read the full article from the Safety Messenger Magazine Issue of August 2015)