One Year After Paris Attacks: France Travel Stalls, Demand for Terrorism Coverage Spikes, Reports Squaremouth

Published by Steven Benna November 11, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG FL November 11, 2016 — One year after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, terrorism remains a top concern for American travelers. Demand for travel insurance with Terrorism coverage has tripled for top European destinations over the past year, reports leading travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth.

“Terrorism is still a major concern for travelers, especially those going to Europe,” said Squaremouth spokesperson Rachael Taft. “While our customers continue to visit Europe in large numbers, France has experienced the slowest growth of any top destination over the past year.”

 

Increased Demand for Terrorism Coverage Following Paris Attacks

The terrorist attacks in Paris sparked immediate concern for travelers. The number of customers purchasing travel insurance using Squaremouth’s “Terrorism” filter — which narrows search results to only show policies with Terrorism coverage — jumped 126% in the two-week period after the attacks.

In the year following the Paris attacks, the percentage of travelers searching specifically for Terrorism coverage has more than doubled.

Terrorism Travel Insurance One Year After Paris Attacks

 

Terrorism Concern Triples for Top European Destinations

While overall demand for Terrorism coverage has doubled, regardless of destination, American travelers taking trips to popular European destinations are showing the greatest surge in interest.

  • Of the top destinations among Squaremouth’s American customers, European countries saw the most significant increases in travelers searching specifically for Terrorism coverage when buying a policy
  • American travelers heading to Germany showed the greatest increase in demand for Terrorism coverage, growing 256% year-over-year

Increase in Demand for Terrorism Coverage
Top 10 International Destinations, Ranked by Growth

1. Germany (256%)
2. Spain (226%)
3. United Kingdom (206%)
4. Italy (202%)
5. France (192%)
6. Canada (105%)
7. Australia (105%)
8. Mexico (100%)
9. Israel (75%)
10. Bahamas (74%)

 

Travel Insurance Sales Fall Flat for France

One month after the attacks in Paris, travel insurance sales for trips to each of the top European destinations spiked. However, in the following months, travel insurance sales for France fell and have been slow to recover in the year since the attacks.

  • Spain, Italy, and Germany each experienced year-over-year increases of at least 20% in the three-month period starting Nov. 13
  • One year after the Paris attacks, France and Germany are the only top destinations with single-digit growth

Change in Travel Insurance Sales for Top European Destinations

1 Month After Paris Attacks 3 Months After Paris Attacks 1 Year After Paris Attacks*
Italy 47% 22% 21%
U.K. 57% 19% 17%
France 17% -0.1% 3.5%
Spain 26% 27% 22%
Germany 22% 20% 8.4%

*Represents year-over-year growth in number of American customers buying travel insurance for trips to one of the above countries between 11/13/15-11/7/16

Methodology: Annual numbers are based on sales through Squaremouth between 10/31 of the previous year and 10/31 of that year and reflect year-over-year changes, unless otherwise noted. Travelers who are visiting multiple countries only have to enter one destination when purchasing a policy on Squaremouth.com.

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