As members of the travel industry community we are

first_imgAs members of the travel industry community we are appalled and confronted by news of terror attacks – and the human tragedy – in places we know to be fabulous, safe destinations and attractions. And, as human beings we are appalled and confronted – and increasingly rattled – wondering if our loved ones are still free to enjoy public places, events and shows, concerts, nightclubs and restaurants without apprehension – at home and abroad.But we keep stepping out. From Tunisia in 2015 to Nice in 2016 and London in March 2017, and every ‘terror’ attack in between, around the globe, the past 24 months alone has seen far too many citizens and holidaymakers suddenly become victims of death and great injury as they go about their daily lives, or sightsee, in seemingly safe public spaces.In Tunisia those people were visiting Bardo National Museum. In Nice, those people were gathered to celebrate Bastille Day on the promenade. In London those people were walking on Westminster Bridge. A spate of nightclub attacks – Orlando Florida, and Istanbul, Turkey among them – suggested that targeting a crowd within four walls had become a more effective method of causing multiple casualties. The attack on the Bataclan in Paris, during a rock concert by US band Eagles of Death Metal, was accompanied by a string of simultaneous attacks on people in bars and restaurants and at the stadium in the city, and would appear to confirm that theory. 130 people died that night.At the time of the Sydney Lindt cafe siege, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin spoke of terrorism’s ‘lone wolf attacks’ as ‘a police officer’s worst nightmare’, because police will never have prior knowledge of such attacks by individuals. Without intel how can authorities thwart, prepare for or prevent such attacks? How can they keep us safe?They can’t. Yesterday’s attack at Manchester Arena in England was proof of that. A fun concert by Ariana Grande, a pop singer whose biggest fan base is young girls – children – in a concert arena that holds 21,000 people at capacity. The target was the audience – mums, dads and kids. This attack changed the rules, yet again.Today there are thousands of children, teens, mums, dads, grans, grandpas, aunts, uncles and friends – and Ariana Grande herself, just approaching her 24th birthday – who were at Manchester arena yesterday and who have been left severely traumatised. And the families who are mourning the deaths of their children, and others praying for the recovery of their badly injured children in hospital. Our thoughts are with them all.Right now concert venue operators, promoters and everyone associated with staging live shows and entertainment around the world will be quickly and carefully examining their own security and how they can ensure that ‘Manchester’ doesn’t happen again, somewhere else. That will mean changes for all of us – and we will get used to it, like we always do. After every terror attack – at family-friendly marathons, museums, on planes, trains, bridges and in nightclubs – security is reassessed, and we accept the new measures even when they inconvenience us or slow us down.As members of the travel industry community, we will keep abreast of these changes that affect travellers – as we always do.As human beings, we might also think twice about letting our kids go anywhere at all, for a little while at least. And that’s a natural reaction to yesterday’s horror.But, we will get over the shock and the fear, and life as each of us knows it will resume its own unique rhythm. And people will keep travelling, visiting attractions and going to shows and events around the world.Image: Manchester, England/ Opinionlast_img read more

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