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Bulletproof Wall Soon to Surround Base of Eiffel Tower

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/14/2017, 5:00 AM

A wall is being put up around the base of the Eiffel Tower, Paris officials have announced. The "aesthetic perimeter," as it's being euphemistically called, will be made of bulletproof glass and will stand 2.5 meters (8 feet) high. It's expected to cost €20 million ($21 million) and be finished sometime this fall. The move is being made in response to security concerns. France has been...

One Year After Paris Terror Attacks, French Tourism Still Struggling

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/17/2016, 5:00 AM

November 13 was the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people—and France's tourism industry is still struggling to recover.  After a promising start to the year, incoming flights to the country dropped a little over 1% in the second quarter, while flights to Paris were down about 4%. Though final figures for the third quarter aren't available yet, analysts estima...

Where Travelers Concerned About Safety Are Going (It's Not France)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/08/2016, 4:00 AM

Following the terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, and Nice that have taken place since November, we've heard a lot about how safety concerns are having a negative impact on tourism in those places.  The downturn has been especially pronounced in France, one of the world's top travel destinations. One recent report found, for example, that a million fewer people visited Paris from ...

France's High Court Strikes Down Burkini Ban

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/30/2016, 4:00 AM

As the United States has discovered in its own fight against terrorism, it can be difficult to combat militant extremists while preserving human rights.  The beaches of the French Riviera are the latest front in that struggle. On Friday, France's high court struck down the so-called burkini ban—a restriction on certain types of modest swimwear worn by some Muslim women.  In the wake of...

Steep Decline in Paris Tourism Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2016, 4:00 AM

From January to June of this year, a million fewer people visited Paris compared with the same period in 2015.  If you follow the news, you shouldn't have trouble figuring out the reasons for this sharp dropoff: recent attacks by Islamist militants in Paris as well as other locations in France including Nice and Normandy. Labor strikes and flooding in the French capital earlier this year h...

In Ways Large and Small, International Travel Has Become Easier/Harder in Recent Weeks

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2016, 11:15 PM

      Here are several of the often-contradictory developments in recent travel news:   In Paris       A dramatic decline in tourism to Paris, currently down by more than 11%, means that the City of Light has become even more appealing than ever to the American traveler; hotels in Paris are reported as willing, on many dates, to bargain for a reduction in room rates. What'...

Cruise Lines Continue to Cancel Stops in Turkey

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Cruise lines—including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises—continue to cancel stops in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, substituting days at sea or calls at Mediterranean spots in Greece and Italy. The latest moves come in response to a failed military coup intended to overthrow Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Previous cancelations have been prompted by terror...

Interest in Travel Insurance Surges Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Experts in the travel insurance industry say that consumer interest in terrorism coverage and trip cancelation policies has surged following recent attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and elsewhere. Despite the increased interest, however, you shouldn't be seeing rate hikes or policy changes; those things are heavily regulated. But although terrorism coverage has become standard since 9/11, make ...

Turkey's Tourism Woes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 12:30 PM

The number of American travelers visiting Turkey dropped by more than 20% in the first five months of 2016 compared to last year, following terrorist attacks in Ankara last fall and Istanbul in January. And those figures don't even cover the period after the latest attack, which took place on June 28 at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and killed more than 40 people. The country's hotels have reported...

With Americans Caught Up in the Presidential Race, Travel May be Somewhat Reduced, Creating Unexpected Opportunities for Persons Determined to Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/28/2016, 8:30 PM

       To the U.S. travel industry, now is the “election year curse”—a time when both domestic and international travel slow perceptibly. And this year, that sluggish trend has apparently been made worse by the terror attacks in Paris in November of 2015, and by the terror attacks in Brussels in early March, 2016. ­­­­Though it’s too early to make a firm prediction, it’s possible that...

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