Trump presidency among six top worries for travellers in 2017

Donald Trump becoming US president has been highlighted as one of the six top global issues impacting on people’s travel decisions in 2017.

The threat of terrorism is the main concern voiced by holidaymakers, followed by illness and disease.

Exchange rates, the threat of natural disasters and countries with unstable economies were also among the worries revealed in a poll of 1,300 consumers.

Brexit and the imminent triggering of Article 50 failed to make it onto the list, with 80% of people saying it has had no impact at all on their travel plans.

However, 16% said Trump’s presidency was a concern they would be taking into account this year.

Peter Jenkins, managing director of Sun-hat Villas & Resorts which carried out the study, predicted that certain European destinations would receive a spike in visitors this summer as holidaymakers become more cautious.

“Holidays are a big annual investment and people want to be confident in their choice of destination. Locations such as Turkey have suffered terribly because of recent terrorism and the Zika virus put many off visiting South America,” he said.

“Donald Trump’s presidency is the newest addition to this list. His victory has caused high profile debate and I think our research shows that holidaymakers are not a fan of the uncertainty that his win has caused.

“Of course, all of that could change once he’s settled into the role and we know what kind of president he will be. However, until then, people are all too aware of the impact political changes can have on economic stability and exchange rates.

“I believe this is why we are seeing a surge of interest in Spanish locations and resorts in the Algarve. In the first week of January alone, bookings were up for such destinations by 16% year-on-year.”

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