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What Can We Do?Ten Ways to Support the Tourism Industry and Reduce Your Travel Fears

Added: (Mon Sep 24 2001)

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Ten Ways to Support the Tourism Industry and Reduce Your Travel Fears
Copyright 2001 Catherine Comer and Lavon Swaim
Authors of The Traveling Woman, Great Tips for Safe and Healthy Trips, Impact Publications

The horrific attack on the United States on September 11th not only brought a dramatic halt to airline travel but also began the downward spiral in the tourism industry in general. The trickle down effect on hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies and suppliers will, no doubt, be felt for months to come. The question facing many tourism industry experts is whether the traveling public will feel safe, especially when traveling by air. The psychological effect of terrorism can profoundly increase the perceived danger of any form of travel. However, it is this perceived fear that can incapacitate travelers prompting them to cancel all travel plans thus adding to damage caused by the original attacks. How can we keep traveling and not allow the terrorists’ attacks to continue by using our fear against us?

1. Become an Educated Traveler
Make travel decisions based on actual facts rather than on panicked reports. Listen to the experts! Aviation and security experts are diligently working to keep all travelers safe. Television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet are providing ongoing reports on new security measures at airports around the world. Know what to expect when you travel. Find out, ahead of time, what the security process will be at airports on your itinerary. Research your destination to find out as much as possible about the area before you go. Access websites such as Federal Aviation Administration www.faa.gov and the State Department, www.state.gov for updates on travel advisories.
2. Understand the Current Travel Procedures
Know what to expect at airports such as identification requirements, packing restrictions, required arrival times, and security measures. Understand procedures at other ports of entry for cruise lines and border patrols. Read the U.S. Customs brochure, Know Before You Go to understand what the custom procedures are and how you can be prepared.
3. Support Domestic Travel
Plan your next vacation to one of hundreds of beautiful destinations within the United States. Hold corporate conventions and business meetings domestically. Contact Visitor Associations and Chambers of Commerce to find destination specific information.
4. Use Tourism Industry Services
When planning trips use your travel agent. These experts can help you plan your itinerary based on the latest information available. They can also recommend other services such as tour companies, cruise companies, etc.
5. Use Other Tourism Industry Providers
Plan a weekend getaway at a local hotel or nearby resort communities. Dine at your favorite restaurant. Attend concerts, plays and sports events. You may find some bargains on activities you don’t normally attend. When looking for gifts and small items, support local merchants.
6. Consider Alternative Forms of Transportation
Take a train, bus, or rent a car or RV for your next trip. This will save wear and tear on your personal vehicle; it will support the tourism industry and may be an exciting new experience!
7. Learn How to Travel with Safety in Mind
This will help you travel with more confidence. Be prepared for delays. Your carry-on bag or automobile travel kit should include items you will need to get you through the first 48 hours of your trip. Essential items should include a bottle of water, snack food, prescriptions, important contact numbers, extra cash, credit card and phone card, and a small first aid kit. Comfort items such as an inflatable pillow, travel blanket, toiletries and reading material can make delays more tolerable. Pack light! Know what you can and cannot take onboard the plane.
8. Purchase Travel Insurance
Before you go, know what your medical and personal insurance will and will not cover In the unforeseen event that something happens before or during your trip, having travel insurance can relieve emotional and economic pressures. Purchase traveler’s insurance that protects you against trip cancellation penalties, travel interruptions and delays, emergency medical expenses, lost baggage and more. Read policies carefully to understand the procedures of filing claims.
9. Have a Travel File
This will hold important contact numbers and information should something happen to you while you are traveling. Keep this file at home with loved ones and include numbers of doctors, prescriptions, credit cards, copy of passport, itinerary, etc.
10. Know What to Do In Case of and Emergency
Know how to get help if needed. Make a list of emergency phone numbers and carry this with you. Pay attention to emergency procedure announcements on planes. Take note of locations of emergency exits on planes, trains, buses, etc. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Have a plan should you get separated from your travel companions.

Veteran travelers and authors, Catherine Comer and Lavon Swaim own TravelingSafe.com, a company focused on providing travel safety information. With degrees in tourism management, 25 years of travel experience, and 2 years of research, they have authored many articles and a book, THE TRAVELING WOMAN, Great Tips for Safe and Healthy Trips (Impact Publications ISBN 1-57023-161-3.)
Catherine and Lavon are experienced speakers on travel safety Their popular Traveling Without Fear workshop takes their audience step by step through the travel process beginning with how to research a travel destination and includes advice on choosing safe transportation and accommodations, staying healthy while traveling, packing with safety in mind, dealing with emergencies, and more. They can be reached at: Phone: 503-618-0241, Email: email@TravelingSafe.com, Website: www.TheTravelingWoman.com

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