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THE END OF THE CONTINENT: Terrorism hits tourism as visitors stay away from Europe

  • Europe has seen a drop in tourists following string of terror attacks
  • London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam has seen a drop in visitors 
  • Booking for flights to Nice are down 57 per cent following attack there
  • There has also been a drop in the number of tourists to Belgium and Turkey 

A string of terror attacks across Europe has seen tourism numbers drop across the continent despite it being the height of the summer season.

Hotel chains, airlines, tour operators and even some luxury retailers have been reporting a downturn in business since a spate of attacks in countries such as France, Germany and Belgium.

And now major cities such as London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Istanbul have all seen a downturn in hotel bookings as visitors fear new attacks.


According to the Wall Street Journal, hotel occupancy in Paris during the summer season was already below average but after the Nice attack it dropped even further.

They also stated that preliminary data had shown that hotel occupancy in London had dropped 2.7 per cent and Amsterdam 8.3 per cent, compared to this time last year, following the attack in the south of France.

In terms of flight bookings, traveller data analysts ForwardKeys reported that bookings for Nice decreased by 57 per cent following the attack there while reservations for France as a whole were down 20 per cent.

They also add that overall there was an 11 per cent decline in holiday bookings to France, a 23 per cent drop in reservations to Belgium and a 31 per cent decrease in holiday bookings to Turkey.

However, some European countries have seen an upturn in visitor numbers including Spain and Ireland as tourists look for other destinations to holiday.

ForwardKeys also reported international bookings for destinations such as China and Australia are up 7.8 per cent year on year.

Fears over a downturn in tourism across Europe comes after 172 people have died in terror attacks across the continent in 2016 so far.

The first major attack of year came in Brussels when two suicide bombers carrying homemade bombs in large suitcases attacked a departure hall at Brussels Airport in Zaventem.

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