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European travel is 'largely unaffected' for three in four buyers, following terror threats

Global Business Travel Association polls 236 buyers to hear how industry is reacting to recent terror attacks

The majority of travel buyers say their plans are largely unaffected by the recent terror attacks in Paris

Three in four European business travel buyers say their company’s travel within Europe will remain largely unaffected by the recent attacks on Paris and threats to Brussels.

In a poll conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in the days following the attacks, almost 75 per cent of buyers from 12 countries said their travel plans would stay mostly unchanged.

Another half of those surveyed (47 per cent) reported ‘no change’, while one quarter (26 per cent) said travel was only ‘slightly reduced’.

The vast majority of European buyers (79 per cent) believed it was important that travel within Europe continue as usual.

Only 1 per cent reported they temporarily suspended travel within Europe.

The results echo the findings of the GBTA survey of US-based travel buyers, which was conducted earlier in November. Nearly three-quarters of US respondents said their company’s travel to Europe would remain largely unaffected, with the majority (57 per cent) reporting ‘no change’.

“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.”  

This survey of European travel buyers was conducted online between November 25 and 30, 2015, with 236 travel buyers from 12 different countries in Europe participating.

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