GOVERNMENTS and travel companies must do more to share data to prevent attacks, the head of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said last Wednesday (1).
It came a day after the US issued a warning to travellers over security in Europe, saying possible targets could include the upcoming Euro 2016 in France, although it added there was no specific threat information.
The WTTC head David Scowsill said governments were not very good at sharing data across borders, while in the travel industry, data was held variously by airlines, travel agents, tour operators and booking system providers, making it hard to join up the dots.
“As an industry, we have to move towards a system where data can be aggregated and shared and assessed by people in the intelligence services. We haven’t even begun to get our heads around it but that will be important for the future,” Scowsill said.