TO GO OR NOT TO GO
MOST of us may secretly resent airport body searches, but 72 per cent of Australian travellers say they support extra security measures.
A survey for lastminute.com.au, due out this month, has found 65 per cent of those questioned admitted terrorism had affected their willingness to travel and 3.2 per cent said they would stop travelling overseas altogether. But 31 per cent of respondents claimed terrorism alerts would not stop them travelling. Almost 40 per cent of Victorians said they would not travel to an area affected by terrorism, by far the most of any state.
The top five most-visited destinations during travel warnings were: Indonesia (excluding Bali), Thailand, Bali, Israel and Fiji. About 23 per cent of respondents said they disregarded warnings to visit friends or family, while 17 per cent went on business. The survey, part of lastminute.com.au’s Australian travel and lifestyle trends report, found men were most likely to ignore a warning (29 per cent) compared with women (18 per cent).
The figures are based on a national online survey of 3000 respondents. Barry Oliver