Sunday, November 15, 2015

Walking down a hallway at Charles de Gaulle airport.
(Photo: Mark
Fischer/Flickr)Even as airlines operated a normal schedule of flights into and
out of Paris on Saturday, travelers with future plans to visit the French
capital reconsidered their options after a series of terror attacks.
Some
quickly canceled their tickets, a worrisome sign for the travel and tourism
industries.
Joe Nardozzi, a 31-year-old New York investment banker, and his
wife won"t be taking the wedding-anniversary trip they planned later this
month."I have no interest in losing my life over a trip to Paris," he
said.Travel agents said some clients called to cancel trips, and one advocacy
group for business travelers predicted that corporations would let frightened
employees do the same.On Friday night, terrorists with guns and suicide vests
carried out coordinated attacks across Paris that left at least 129 people
dead and more than 350 injured.
The targets, including a cafe and a concert
hall, were the types of places that attracted a young crowd and in-the-know
travelers.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the
attacks.Related:"An Ode to ParisDecisions by companies and leisure travelers
could hinge on whether the Paris attacks are seen as a one-time event or the
vanguard of a stepped-up campaign by Islamic radicals.
Islamic State, the
group fighting in Syria and Iraq, also claimed last month that it bombed a
Russian passenger jet over Egypt"s Sinai Peninsula, although investigators
have not determined the cause of the crash that killed 224 people.High
tensions after the attacks could be seen at airports across Europe on
Saturday.A Paris-bound Air France jet was evacuated at Amsterdam"s Schiphol
Airport after authorities received a threatening tweet.
A terminal at London"s
Gatwick Airport was shut down for hours after a man was seen throwing away
what looked like a gun.Paris airport authority Aeroports de Paris said all
flights were operating normally Sunday, but that travelers should give
themselves more time because of heightened security measures.Air France said
it would operate all upcoming flights to and from France but that delays were
expected because of increased security at airports, including Paris" Charles
de Gaulle Airport.
Soldiers stand on the tarmac of the Charles de Gaulle airport, as part of a
security reinforcements on Saturday, Nov.14.
(Photo: Michel
Spingler/AP)U.S.
authorities said that they had nothing to add to Friday"s
comment by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson that officials didn"t know
of any specific or credible terror threats against the United States.United
Airlines and Delta Air Lines said that all their flights between the U.S.
and
Paris operated on Saturday.
American Airlines said all its flights would run
too except a Paris-to-Dallas flight — that plane remained in Dallas
when the Paris-bound leg was canceled Friday night.Delta spokesman Anthony
Black said flights to and from Paris were full.Related: World Shows Support
for Paris with French ColorsStill, some Americans canceled upcoming trips
after seeing coverage of the terror on Paris streets.Blake Fleetwood,
president of New York-based Cook Travel, said about 10 customers out of the
roughly 30 with trips booked to Paris told him they want to cancel.
He and his
wife might do the same next month."It"s a terrible situation," Fleetwood
said.
"It"s going to hurt the travel industry, the hotels, the airlines, the
restaurants."Tourism to the French capital already took a big hit earlier this
year from the attacks in January that killed 17 journalists, police and
shoppers at a kosher grocery.
The Paris tourist office said the number of
hotel stays fell 3.3 percent in the first three months of the year, a drop it
blamed specifically on the January attacks.The situation had just begun to
improve, with summer visits by U.S.
travelers, who are Paris" biggest group of
foreign visitors rising significantly.The new attacks targeted neighborhoods
in Paris" trendy east side, which Paris tourist officials had specifically
mentioned in a recent update on tourism in the capital.Kevin Mitchell, who
runs an advocacy group called the Business Travel Coalition, expects some
worried corporate travelers to cancel trips to Europe."These companies have to
continue to do business," he said, "but for some period of time they"ll give
employees a lot of leeway about traveling to Europe and Paris in particular."
Soldiers wait before picking up their gear at the Charles de Gaulle airport,
north of Paris, as part of a security reinforcements.
(Photo: Michel
Spingler/AP)It"s not just Western visitors who might avoid Paris after the
attacks.
Egyptian college graduate Aya Sayed has always dreamed of strolling
the streets of the City of Light."I would be too afraid to go because I don"t
want to be mistreated because of my headscarf or ethnicity," she said.
"Who
knows what they might do to us now?"Consumers with travel insurance that
includes terrorism coverage can probably recover the cost of a trip to Paris,
according to Squaremouth, a policy-comparison website.
But even policies that
cover terrorism may only apply to trips scheduled in the next week or month
and might not apply to travel in other parts of France or Europe more broadly,
a company spokeswoman said.Related: What To Do If You Are a Tourist in Paris
Right Now
Wendy Perrin, who writes about consumer topics for TripAdvisor,
encouraged people to keep traveling in a post on her Facebook page."The answer
is not to stop traveling … The answer is to keep traveling, to make
friends around the world, to be a thoughtful ambassador for your country," she
wrote.Even travelers who go to Paris are likely to be in a less celebratory
mood.
On Saturday, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and other must-see attractions
were closed until further notice, and the mood in the city was changed.
Travelers sit and wait at London"s Gatwick Airport"s North Terminal, Saturday
Nov.
14, 2015, after the north terminal at Gatwick Airport was evacuated as a
precaution after authorities found a suspicious article.
Police described the
evacuation Saturday as a precaution, but the incident comes at a time of
heightened concern in Britain in the aftermath of the terror attacks in
Paris.
(Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)
Toronto residents Mark Hutchison
and Ashleigh Marshall planned a big night out during a Paris stopover on their
trip back home from Tanzania — "go to a restaurant, go to a bar, have a
glass of wine," Hutchison said.
Instead, they decided to hunker down in their
hotel with a bottle of wine once the sun went down Saturday evening.Related:
Paris Closes the Eiffel Tower and Other Tourist Sights Indefinitely
"It"s a
lot to take in," he said of the deadly attacks.
"You can"t make sense of
it."On flights to the U.S.
from Paris, the mood was understandably
subdued.Shannon Sharpe, 47, who works for an oil and gas company, caught a
connecting flight in Paris on his way to Houston from Africa."It was a bit
more quiet," he said of the Air France flight.
"I don"t want to say it was a
bit of mourning, but when a tragedy like that happens, people are still in a
state of shock," he said.___Greg Keller in Paris, Joan Lowy in Washington,
Marley Jay and Scott Mayerowitz in New York, Nour Youssef in Cairo, John
Leicester in Paris and Juan Lozano in Houston contributed to this
report.WATCH: World traveling club Special Report on Paris
Follow World traveling club Travel on"Facebook,"Twitter, Instagram,
and"Pinterest." "I have no interest in losing my life over a trip to
Paris," he said.
On Friday night, terrorists with guns and suicide vests
carried out coordinated attacks across Paris that left at least 129 people
dead and more than 350 injured.
Related: An Ode to Paris Decisions by
companies and leisure travelers could hinge on whether the Paris attacks are
seen as a one-time event or the vanguard of a stepped-up campaign by Islamic
radicals.
A Paris-bound Air France jet was evacuated at Amsterdam's Schiphol
Airport after authorities received a threatening tweet..U.S.
authorities said
that they had nothing to add to Friday"s comment by Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson that officials didn"t know of any specific or credible
terror threats against the United States.United Airlines and Delta Air Lines
said that all their flights between the U.S.
and Paris operated on
Saturday.
American Airlines said all its flights would run too except a
Paris-to-Dallas flight — that plane remained in Dallas when the
Paris-bound leg was canceled Friday night.Delta spokesman Anthony Black said
flights to and from Paris were full.Related: World Shows Support for Paris
with French ColorsStill, some Americans canceled upcoming trips after seeing
coverage of the terror on Paris streets.Blake Fleetwood, president of New
York-based Cook Travel, said about 10 customers out of the roughly 30 with
trips booked to Paris told him they want to cancel.
He and his wife might do
the same next month."It"s a terrible situation," Fleetwood said.
"It"s going
to hurt the travel industry, the hotels, the airlines, the
restaurants."Tourism to the French capital already took a big hit earlier this
year from the attacks in January that killed 17 journalists, police and
shoppers at a kosher grocery.
The Paris tourist office said the number of
hotel stays fell 3.3 percent in the first three months of the year, a drop it
blamed specifically on the January attacks.The situation had just begun to
improve, with summer visits by U.S.
travelers, who are Paris" biggest group of
foreign visitors rising significantly.The new attacks targeted neighborhoods
in Paris" trendy east side, which Paris tourist officials had specifically
mentioned in a recent update on tourism in the capital.Kevin Mitchell, who
runs an advocacy group called the Business Travel Coalition, expects some
worried corporate travelers to cancel trips to Europe."These companies have to
continue to do business," he said, "but for some period of time they"ll give
employees a lot of leeway about traveling to Europe and Paris in particular."
Soldiers wait before picking up their gear at the Charles de Gaulle airport,
north of Paris, as part of a security reinforcements.
(Photo: Michel
Spingler/AP)It"s not just Western visitors who might avoid Paris after the
attacks.
Egyptian college graduate Aya Sayed has always dreamed of strolling
the streets of the City of Light."I would be too afraid to go because I don"t
want to be mistreated because of my headscarf or ethnicity," she said.
"Who
knows what they might do to us now?"Consumers with travel insurance that
includes terrorism coverage can probably recover the cost of a trip to Paris,
according to Squaremouth, a policy-comparison website.
But even policies that
cover terrorism may only apply to trips scheduled in the next week or month
and might not apply to travel in other parts of France or Europe more broadly,
a company spokeswoman said.Related: What To Do If You Are a Tourist in Paris
Right Now
Wendy Perrin, who writes about consumer topics for TripAdvisor,
encouraged people to keep traveling in a post on her Facebook page."The answer
is not to stop traveling … The answer is to keep traveling, to make
friends around the world, to be a thoughtful ambassador for your country," she
wrote.Even travelers who go to Paris are likely to be in a less celebratory
mood.
On Saturday, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and other must-see attractions
were closed until further notice, and the mood in the city was changed.
Travelers sit and wait at London"s Gatwick Airport"s North Terminal, Saturday
Nov.
14, 2015, after the north terminal at Gatwick Airport was evacuated as a
precaution after authorities found a suspicious article.
Police described the
evacuation Saturday as a precaution, but the incident comes at a time of
heightened concern in Britain in the aftermath of the terror attacks in
Paris.
(Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)
Toronto residents Mark Hutchison
and Ashleigh Marshall planned a big night out during a Paris stopover on their
trip back home from Tanzania — "go to a restaurant, go to a bar, have a
glass of wine," Hutchison said.
Instead, they decided to hunker down in their
hotel with a bottle of wine once the sun went down Saturday evening.Related:
Paris Closes the Eiffel Tower and Other Tourist Sights Indefinitely
"It"s a
lot to take in," he said of the deadly attacks.
"You can"t make sense of
it."On flights to the U.S.
from Paris, the mood was understandably
subdued.Shannon Sharpe, 47, who works for an oil and gas company, caught a
connecting flight in Paris on his way to Houston from Africa."It was a bit
more quiet," he said of the Air France flight.
"I don"t want to say it was a
bit of mourning, but when a tragedy like that happens, people are still in a
state of shock," he said.___Greg Keller in Paris, Joan Lowy in Washington,
Marley Jay and Scott Mayerowitz in New York, Nour Youssef in Cairo, John
Leicester in Paris and Juan Lozano in Houston contributed to this
report.WATCH: World traveling club Special Report on Paris
Follow World traveling club Travel on"Facebook,"Twitter, Instagram,
and"Pinterest.""I have no interest in losing my life over a trip to
Paris," he said.
On Friday night, terrorists with guns and suicide vests
carried out coordinated attacks across Paris that left at least 129 people
dead and more than 350 injured.
Related: An Ode to Paris Decisions by
companies and leisure travelers could hinge on whether the Paris attacks are
seen as a one-time event or the vanguard of a stepped-up campaign by Islamic
radicals.
A Paris-bound Air France jet was evacuated at Amsterdam's Schiphol
Airport after authorities received a threatening tweet.

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