US Travel Alert: Al Qaeda Terrorists Are Celebrating Victory Over The Global Travel And Tourism Industry
What are global travel alerts doing or what are they accomplishing? The only sure answer is they most likely will hurt millions of businesses and families relying on income related to travel and tourism.
Terror attacks are tragic. Those attacking the civilized world understand their weapon is not only the bomb or the machine gun, but the economic effect on creating chaos and hurting the largest industry on the planet.
No specific threats are mentioned in today's US State Department travel alert. Global warnings are too general and many tourism professionals think un-effective and un-necessary. Travelers getting hit by lightning twice in a day may be a better chance than getting hurt in a terror attack.
However, in the wake of recent attacks in France, Australia, and Canada, the United States just issued a worldwide travel alert.
The US State Department website explains: We issue a Travel Alert for short-term events we think you should know about when planning travel to a country. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Alert might include an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, or disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, we cancel the Travel Alert.
Issued by the State Department, the warning states that violent attacks involving Americans are becoming more common.
"Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that US citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness," the alert reads.