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Student travel bookings resistant to terror attacks

Booking data from student travel site StudentUniverse shows students from the UK and US have not been deterred by terrorism attacks in their chosen travel destinations. And bookings in the weeks or month following an attack remained buoyant for most cities struck by an incident.

Student travelNone of the none of the 1,800 UK respondents said they would definitely cancel a trip to a destination affected by terrorism. Photo: The PIE News

UK students proved even more resilient, with none of the 1,800 respondents saying they would definitely cancel a trip

The survey showed just 3% of 1,100 US students have cancelled their trip to a location that was victim of a terrorist attack.

Just over half (51%) of all US students said they would be unlikely to, or would definitely not cancel their trip to a place that was affected by terrorism.

“I am a college student lucky enough to have the ability to travel, I would not avoid it because of the things happening around the world”

Meanwhile, 5% said they would certainly cancel. Sixty per cent said they would feel less safe going to a destination that had recently been affected by terrorism.

Kellie K, a student responding to the survey, said that she would not change her travel plans due to world events.

“I am a college student lucky enough to have the ability to travel while I have little responsibilities and would not avoid traveling because of the things happening around the world,” she said.

UK students proved even more resilient, with none of the 1,800 respondents saying they would definitely cancel a trip to a destination affected by terrorism, compared to 11% of the general UK survey respondents.

Remarking on the likelihood of students to forge head with travel plans, Mike Cleary, global managing director at StudentUniverse, said: “While we certainly encourage students to be vigilant and heed all government travel warnings, we are happy to see students forging ahead with their global adventures.”

In Boston for example, after the marathon bombing in 2013, week on week bookings were up 67% while month on month bookings increased 26%.

After the attacks in Nice in the summer of 2016, week on week bookings soared 276% while month on month reservations boomed 87%.

However, the data does show terrorism’s negative impact on travel to some particular cities. Bookings to St. Petersburg in the week following the metro attack earlier this year were down 75% and in the month following dropped a further 87%.

Boston-based StudentUniverse launched in 2000 and was acquired by Flight Centre Travel Group in 2015.  It offers students discounted pricing and terms with more than 70 airlines.

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