This section reviews how travel factors affect travel to three selected destinations. Recent news reports and articles have been used to support and verify this section.
Destination 1: Indonesia
Indonesia includes many different travel factors within the country. There are many factors which contain a high risks and it will lead the tourists to discourage from the country. To give an example; the safety and security, terrorism, health and natural disasters are most important aspects that travellers may need to consider before travelling to a destination.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and intent to carry them out at anytime and anywhere in the country. The Indonesian authorities have disrupted a number of planned attacks on tourist locations, including in Bali. Furthermore, there have been a number of suicide bombings in recent years and further attacks are likely. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. Beach resorts, bars and restaurants, hotels, markets, shopping malls hosting major international brand outlets, tourist attractions, and places of worship, foreign Embassies, ferry terminals and airports are all potential targets. The health standards in the country are not at high level compared to other near countries like China and Australia. The standard of local medical care can be poor and some medical tests can’t be done reliably. Good medical care can be very expensive and in remote areas attention for serious injuries or illness is likely to be unavailable.
There are numerous volcanoes in Indonesia, any of which can erupt without warning. Therefore you should monitor local media reports and follow advice of the local authorities before travelling to the country. The capacity of the Indonesian emergency and rescue services to deal with large natural disasters is limited. Consequently, all of these travel factors has a great impact on the Indonesian economy, foreign investment prospects and tourism as well.
Destination 2: USA
Seasonality and Climatic Conditions; The effects of heavy snow to the USA will have a dramatic effect on people visiting to New Jersey, New York, Colorado and Oklahoma, as people will fear that it’s going to be avalanche. This kind of weather conditions always has an adverse effect on these destinations and it will decrease the popularity of the place in a severely way. This means that USA`s economy suffers a great loss because its depends on the tourists, if less people visit USA this can mean a lot of people in USA will lose their jobs. In addition, a reduction in the number of tourist can lead the companies to financial loss. Undoubtedly, the heavy snow will limit the accessibility of cities and most likely will affect the transport industry in the country for a time period. Also, in other words is that popularity of the place can drop when a destination has been in the news. However, the popularity of the place can increase because there many people who love to skiing across the world. There is an also other travel factors which will create an impact by discourage them to visit the certain areas in the country. For instance, last month was a bomb in the U.S city of Boston (15th April 2013) and officials said in a statement that more than a hundreds of people were injured and killed at least 3 people. This will create a huge impact on people's minds about whether to go or not to go to the USA. For this reason, people will want to cancel their bookings that they have made previously. Several of those injured are fighting for their lives. The Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon, attracted over 26,000 participants from 56 countries this year. However, this is shows us that the attack made has an impact on sport organisations as well because sporting events are also becoming tourist attractions worldwide.