Tourist security, terrorism risk management and tourist safety

Sheela Agarwal, Stephen J. Page, Rob Mawby

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Tourists are easy targets for terrorist activities, especially with the rise of lone wolf attacks. Drawing on the example of the 2015 Sousse (Tunisia) shootings, and using a conceptual framework informed by tourist security, terrorism risk management including terrorism risk assessment, communication and due care, we analyse the management of the terror induced security risks, and the factors influencing this process. This is achieved through a first-in-the field tourism study that applies narrative analysis to legal discourse. The study reveals that tourist security was compromised by a lack of terrorism risk communication, poor policing, and by limited integration of counter-terrorism strategies, particularly the inadequate implementation of environmental mitigation. We discuss the implications for terrorism risk assessment, management and communication and consider key propositions around tourist security responsibilities (e.g. due care). Future avenues for research are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103207
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Early online date16 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Due care
  • Narrative analysis
  • Terrorism
  • Terrorism risk assessment, management and communication
  • Tourist security


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