The information shown here is based on the University of Maryland terrorism database. The Dashboard shows all incidents of terrorism that involved some tourism related or relevant targets.

The risk of getting killed in a terrorism attack whilst travelling is very low but increasing

SDG 16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies. Reducing violence and death is a key indicator within this goal. Building on the Terrorism Database provided by the University of Maryland. For more details on the original database click here.

The tourism data above show the different types of attacks and number of fatalities per year due to terrorism acts that involve air travel, specific tourist activities (e.g. staying in a resort or going on a tour), or targets that are highly relevant for tourists, for example trains, subways, and entertainment venues. More specifically, incidents were considered that involved one of the  following targets:

Air: Airports, aircraft and airline officers.

Tourism specific: Specifically including tour buses, tourists, or “tours”, hotels and resorts, and travel agencies.

Tourism relevant: “Entertainment venues” (i.e. museums, restaurants, other entertainment),  “Vehicles/Transportation” (namely taxis, buses and bus stations, subways, and trains), and “Maritime targets” (i.e. civilian maritime).


Key facts

  • In 2016, a total of 34,676 people lost their lives as a result of terrorism; 3,746 less than in 2015. Based on the above defined tourism relevant targets, there were 1,060 fatalities that either directly involved tourists or events and locations that are frequented by tourists. A considerable number of fatalities occurred in Iraq (259) and other Middle Eastern and Sub-Saharan countries (e.g. Somalia with 206 fatalities).
  • When only considering air travel related fatalities, for example, the total number in 2016 was 170, compared with 238 in the previous year. Terror-related killings at tourist hotels, on tourist tours or targets at tourists directly amounted to 454, a doubling compared with 2015.
  • The majority of terror attacks involve bombing and explosives. In 2016, 127 tourists were taken hostage, compared with 98 the previous year.

The information shown here is based on the University of Maryland terrorism database.