|Subject: Re: The travel industry and 9/11|
We went to Spain last month and there is definitely no shortage of tourists there. And if this discussion group is any indication, people are still travelling quite a bit. Tourists may not be from the United States, but there are lots of them. Security at the airports in Spain is pretty loose, so obviously the fear of terrorism is not a major issue in some places abroad. If people are logical about the fear of their own death, they would stop driving cars!! If you look at statistics, the likelihood of being in a car accident is much, much higher than some sort of airplane accident.
I think that tourism is also down because of the economic conditions in this country. If you don't have a job or your income is reduced in some other way, travel is probably one of the first things to cut as it is a luxury.
I really don't know anyone who has outwardly expressed a fear of traveling because of terrorism. I never stopped travelling. I figured that after 9/11 security would never be tighter.
When the economy improves in the U.S., and in much of the world for that matter, it follows that the travel industry will improve as well--anyway those airlines that are still left.
Michele Missner Appleton, Wi.