Three months after the devastating terror attacks in Paris, business travel to and within Europe remains "largely unaffected," according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which has published the results of two new surveys
of U.S. and European business travelers on their companies' reaction to the attacks.
According to the surveys, more than 90 percent of U.S. and European business travelers say their companies' travel to and within Europe remains stable.
Meanwhile, 90 percent of European travel buyers believe it is important that travel continue as usual despite the recent terrorist activity, compared with 79 percent in the days following the attacks, indicating that business-travel resiliency is increasing, not decreasing.
The attacks also have led to increased communications and security measures in both the United States and Europe, where approximately 40 percent of travel buyers have issued alerts to travelers on how to respond to emergency situations and where almost one-quarter (22 percent) have taken steps to enhance safety and security for travelers going to all destinations.
"Business travel to and within Europe continues to show its resiliency," said GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick. "The fact is that we've reached a new normal in managing risk, and business travel buyers are taking steps in their travel programs to improve communication, put in place duty of care policies, and improve safety and security of travelers. While businesses, government, and the travel industry need to continue to work together to ensure a safe and secure travel system, it is heartening to see this increased confidence in our global travel system."