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For Travelers: Safety and Security are Top Concerns

Safety and security are the most important factors when choosing a travel destination for 2016 for almost half (46%) of holidaymakers in a survey of over 2,300 people by travel insurance specialist Holidaysafe.co.uk.

However, over half (60%) of those surveyed said their travel plans for the next six months were unchanged following recent global events such as the Paris attacks and Sharm el-Sheikh airline tragedy, while just under one in eight (12%) of respondents stated that they were less likely to go abroad.

Seeking the best deal, three quarters (75%) of respondents stated that they have already started to plan their holidays for next year, of which over a third (34%) have set their sights on long haul destinations. Over one in seven (14%) of holidaymakers stated that they are likely to take a staycation in 2016, while over a quarter (28%) stated that they were more likely to take an international holiday in the next six months than before.

Price-savvy travellers put “value for money” as the second most important factor in deciding a destination; with over a third (33%) ranking it as the most important. Over half (52%) of respondents stated that fluctuating currency exchange rates were the least important factor.

Amber Howard, brand manager of Holidaysafe.co.uk, said: “Travelling the world and exploring new places is always exciting but it is interesting to see how attitudes towards destinations have changed. Our customers’ safety is always the highest priority for us, and we encourage people to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before departing, for more information on their chosen destination.

“Travel insurance can give you the peace of mind knowing that you are covered should the worst happen when you are abroad – from lost luggage to unexpected medical expenses. Always check that your policy is suitable for your needs and activities – especially if you are planning on doing extreme sports as they are not always covered as standard.”

Source Copyright: https://www.holidaysafe.co.uk/safety-and-security-are-top-priority-for-travel-in-2016-say-holidaymakers/

UNWTO: No Reason to Be Afraid to Travel to Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles

The Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London to express a common message of confidence on the measures being taken by Madagascar to overcome the plague outbreak.

meeting was convened and chaired by UNWTO

The meeting was convened and chaired by UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, in the presence of the Permanent Secretary of Kenya Mrs. Fatuma HirsiI Mohamed, representing the chair of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, Minister Najib Balala.

Ministers recalled that all countries are taking the measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), and expressed their confidence that these are going on the right direction.

UNWTO Secretary-General recalled that WHO does not recommend any travel bans on Madagascar and that “based on the available information to date, the risk of international spread of plague appears very low”.

 

News source: atn.aero

Four Essential Travel Accessories

travellers preparing to depart

Whenever you need to travel for business or vacation, you just want to be able to relax and enjoy the trip and enjoy the sights. When it comes time to do the packing for your trip, there’s always the question of what you need to bring.

When it comes to travel accessories, you want to take some essential items, without packing too much. A travel accessory store is a good place to get ideas for items you can bring on a trip.

Here are four travel accessories that you’ll need to take on your trip:

1. Passport Holder – in today’s cautious environment, everyone needs to have a passport, even children. You’ll want to keep your passport in something that will give you easy access to it, so you don’t have to go fumbling for it in your pockets or handbag.

2. Money Belt or Fanny Pack – when it comes to your money, you don’t want to take any chances that thieves will be able to easily steal from you on the road. Thieves are always on the lookout for unwary travelers. A money belt or fanny pack keeps your money close to your body where it would be hard for somebody to quickly open and steal from you without your noticing.

3. Travel First Aid Kit – nobody likes to think about it, but bumps, bruises and more can happen when you’re traveling. Because you are away from home and may not know the system of medical care of the place you’re traveling to, you should always carry a first aid kit with you. Keep your first aid kit in your personal travel accessory bag so you’ll have easy access to it,

And if you have any kind of medical condition, make sure you take along enough medication and supplies to last the entire trip.

4. Travel Alarm Clock – you have got important things to do on your trip and you don’t want to have to rely on a wake up call from the hotel front desk or somebody else – what if they forget?

When you want to make sure you get up on time, purchase a simple travel alarm clock. These are portable, accurate and cheap.