Osama bin Laden dead seems to make less of an impact on travel than when alive.
How have consumers’ attitudes to travel changed with the death of Osama bin Laden, a decade after the devastating attacks on 9/11 left the industry reeling? For the most part, attitudes seem to be that nothing has changed since the industry recovered in the aftermath of those attacks. In other words, the public is still resilient in its attitude to international travel. Agents, operators, airlines, hoteliers and cruise lines appear to believe that the events last week make no difference, despite the travel warnings that were issued by foreign ministries in Europe and North America.
As agents came to work last Monday morning their question was – what’s the reaction going to be? Will the number of calls subside because of the news? But after a few days they were able to conclude – there’s very little impact. This is partly due to there being no specific threat. However, one US-based global security and investigation firm commented that travellers, particularly American ones, do suffer a higher risk following bin Laden’s death than they did before.
[Official White House Photo by Pete Souza]