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Survey: 6% of Americans have canceled vacations for fear of terror

By Jamie Biesiada of travelweekly.com

Six percent of American travelers said they have canceled vacation plans due to fear of further violence following incidents abroad, according to Allianz Global Assistance’s Vacation Confidence Index released Monday.

According to Allianz, recent attacks — including those in Turkey, Brussels, Israel and France — have caused 22% of respondents to alter their vacation plans, including the 6% who said they have canceled. Others said they changed vacation locations (5%), changed travel dates (4%), changed their mode of transportation (4%), changed local tours (4%), changed accommodations (3%) or purchased travel insurance (3%).

The survey revealed that the majority of Americans, 86%, have concerns about terrorist attacks occurring while they are on vacation. They are mostly concerned with potential attacks in the Middle East, followed by Europe and then Africa.

Despite concerns about Europe, Allianz said a flight-booking analysis showed a 10% increase in travel to the continent overall this summer.

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