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Tunisia failed to protect its tourists - but if tourism loses, the terrorists have won

Published 04/07/2015 | 02:30

'One would hope that such attacks are very rare, and especially in the near future, given the hopefully intense increase in security'
'One would hope that such attacks are very rare, and especially in the near future, given the hopefully intense increase in security'

A week after the horrendous terror attack in Tunisia, serious questions remain about the atrocity itself but also about how we should deal with visiting such locations.

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On one level, many of us strongly feel that people should continue to go on their holidays to places like Tunisia. We should support these local economies and not allow ourselves to be intimidated by random and ruthless acts of terror designed to destroy such activity. This is the best way to show defiance of such murderous activities and assert the common values of decency, democracy and a blameless secular way of life where families, retired people and locals can go and enjoy the sun and the sea. The worry is that intense media coverage of these attacks will frighten tourists from ever going to such places. This would be a pity. One would hope that such attacks are very rare, and especially in the near future, given the hopefully intense increase in security. But, more importantly, to stay away from Tunisia would be letting the violent extremists win. It would destroy the local tourism economy, which relies so much on visitors, and would further destabilise these regions so none of us, visitor or local, can ever enjoy what they offer.

However, this is not much solace for those who want to take a sun vacation with their children. Why should their holiday be a 'political statement'?

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