by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 16, 2015
The European Tourism Association, which represents tour operators and suppliers with business in European destinations, has not heard of any significant cancellations by groups or individuals traveling to Paris since the terrorist attacks that killed 17 last week. In a statement released today, the group's executive director Tom Jenkins said, "Long-haul markets used to be particularly sensitive [to terrorist attacks]. A perception of danger in one city in Europe would blight the whole continent. But this has not happened. This may be due to the localized nature of the atrocities or it may be because world leaders responded by going to Paris to display solidarity. Having Angela Merkel and David Cameron go for a walk with 2 million others sets a wonderful example. Whatever the reason, so far we have seen a heartening resilience amongst the public. This is not just good news for France, but good news for the rest of Europe. No visitors have been deterred. They have decided that the best response to this assault is to go to Paris and enjoy themselves. And Paris — one of the world's top international destinations — remains defiantly there to be enjoyed."