In today’s day and age, there are different threats facing those who travel than there were even 20 years ago. Infection due to viruses like the Zika are a top worry for those visiting South America, while threats of terrorism plague the minds of travelers to European countries. Even climate change has affected some tourist regions of the Caribbean, as beaches begin to erode and temperatures begin to rise. Despite the changing factors, however, travel is still a huge part of many people’s lives, and many countries’ economies.
- The one health risk on nearly everyone’s mind in the western hemisphere would no doubt be the Zika virus.
- As the western hemisphere deals with health risks, countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East continue to battle safety risks posed by terrorism.
- Climate change continues to be another obstacle for travelers. Caribbean islands continue to see increased beach erosions due to warming temperatures and rising sea levels.
“According to the Global Peace Index, the world has been a more violent place since 2008, yet the travel and tourism sector has seen exponential global growth.”