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Survey Finds Growing Safety Worries Among British Travellers

June 16, 2011

LONDON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

As the Summer Holidays Start a Survey of Over 1,000 Travellers Finds
Growing Concern Over Safety and Security Issues- and More Action Being Taken
by Holidaymakers to Protect Themselves

        - Terrorism is the biggest safety concern for travellers -
          over 40% are worried about this
        - One third are more concerned about security issues now than they
          were a year ago
        - Nearly 1 in 5 have felt threatened or intimidated by passport
          control/security at an airport

With the holiday season just weeks away, a new survey of over 1,000
travellers for leading car hire [http://www.carrentals.co.uk ] comparison
site Carrentals.co.uk has found growing concern over safety issues, with one
third of respondents more concerned about security now than they were a year
ago.

The survey found that terrorism is the biggest safety concern for
travellers, with over 40% worried about terrorist attacks. Over 61% of
respondents said if they saw a bag by itself at an airport they would report
it immediately, while a further 30% would report it if it was still there
after 30 minutes.

Other safety concerns of respondents included being robbed (27%), a
flight crashing (23%), an illness outbreak (18.5%), accommodation safety
(18%) and being physically attacked (13.5%).

However, nearly 1 in 5 also said they had felt threatened or intimidated
by passport control/security at an airport, with the survey told of body
searches, lengthy questioning – even at gun point, and intimidating
behaviour, with countries including the USA, Russia, Thailand, Greece and
Hungary highlighted.

More than 1 in 10 of those questioned said they had experienced a
serious safety incident on their travels, with researchers told of physical
attacks with weapons, car and bus crashes, aircraft fires, car jackings and
terrorist attacks.

Safety concerns mean travellers are taking a range of measures to
protect themselves, with over 74% saying they respect local traditions in
terms of dress and behaviour, while two thirds said they don’t wear
expensive jewellery, watches or clothing to avoid drawing attention to
themselves.

Over 50% of travellers now write down details of their credit card and
passport numbers, while 41% check travel advice from the Foreign Office, and
28% wear a money belt under their clothes. 2% also said they take a carbon
monoxide detector with them for their accommodation.

Travellers are also avoiding certain situations because of safety
concerns. 65% said they wouldn’t accept lifts from someone they met on
holiday, while over 7% avoid travelling on local transport and attending
sports events. 5% said they avoid local festivals and celebrations.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “Concerns
over safety and security do seem to have got stronger over the last year,
and as a result more travellers are taking on board advice such as detailing
their passport numbers and respecting local traditions.

“Security concerns aren’t stopping us travelling, but they are perhaps
making us more cautious about where we travel to and what we do while
there.”

Carrentals.co.uk offers a range of travel advice on its website-

http://www.carrentals.co.uk

Carrentals.co.uk now compares deals from over 50 rental companies
including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000
locations worldwide including car hire in USA
[http://www.carrentals.co.uk/car-hire/usa.html ], Europe, Africa and Asia.
Popular destinations include Alicante, Palma, Faro and car hire in Florida
[http://www.carrentals.co.uk/car-hire/florida-guide.html ].

About Carrentals.co.uk [http://Carrentals.co.uk ]

Carrentals.co.uk [http://Carrentals.co.uk ] was launched in February 2003
and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online car hire companies by
2006.

In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major
online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology
the Carrentals.co.uk [http://Carrentals.co.uk ] site now searches up to 50
different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best
prices available in over 15,000 locations.

Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz,
Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk
[http://Carrentals.co.uk ] site quickly comparing prices and allowing
customers to refine their search by car type.

The Carrentals.co.uk [http://Carrentals.co.uk ] site also features over
5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.

In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk [http://Carrentals.co.uk ] was voted Best Car
Hire Website in the Travolution Awards, and in 2010 it was Highly Commended
in the Best Meta-search/Price Comparison category. To book or for further
information visit http://www.carrentals.co.uk

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SOURCE Carrentals.co.uk


Source: newswire



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