TO GO OR NOT TO GO

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel -

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

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