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Survey: Tsunami fails to deter tourists


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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The devastating tsunami that wiped out cities, seaside communities and holiday resorts in southern Asia has not put holidaymakers off visiting the region, a survey has found.

In France, the number of people considering taking a holiday in the region rose from 6 percent before the disaster, to 8 percent afterwards, according to the findings of the CNN/TIME poll conducted by TNS.

In Germany the figure remained steady at 4 percent. In Britain, the number fell from 15 percent to 11 percent.

The survey also reveals that citizens in all three countries believe that post-tsunami aid remains vital.

The percentage of people believing the tsunami should be the priority for international aid across Britain, France and Germany was 37 percent. Some 34 percent said the global spread of AIDS should be the top concern, and 23 percent said Africa should be the main focus of aid efforts.

Overall, women across all three countries were more likely than men to put the tsunami-affected region as a priority target for international aid. In Britain 42, percent of women put the tsunami aftermath as the number one priority, versus 31 percent of men.

In France the split was 42 percent women versus 35 percent men. In Germany the number was 37 percent women, versus 33 percent men.


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