Nearly three-quarters of European business travel buyers indicated their European travel won't be significantly affected by the recent attacks in Paris and threats in Brussels, Belgium, according to a poll by the Global Business Travel Association. The findings mirrored those in the association's recent survey of U.S.-based travel buyers.
Almost half of the 236 respondents (47 percent) reported no change would occur, and another 26 percent said their European travel was "slightly reduced." Only 1 percent indicated they had temporarily suspended European travel. Meanwhile, 79 percent of European travel buyers -- representing 12 countries -- said that it was important that business travel on the continent continue as usual.
"Business travel in Europe remains resilient despite these terrible attacks," said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. "The response has been strikingly similar on both sides of the Atlantic. The vast majority of travel buyers believe that it is important for business travel to continue as usual despite the recent terrorist activity. This resiliency, however, only heightens the need for businesses, governments, and the travel industry to work together to ensure a global travel system that is both safe and secure."