BTC Study Shows How Travel Planners Are Responding to the Paris Attacks
The Business Travel Coalition has released a survey of 84 corporate, university and government travel, sourcing and risk managers from 17 countries on how they plan to respond to the attacks. Many travel professionals indicated that most potential policy changes are still under consideration, based on the ongoing investigation. Here are the key findings:
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-20 percent of survey participants are very or somewhat likely to cancel travel to France for some period of time.
- 20 percent are somewhat likely to cancel travel to to/within Europe for some period of time.
- 70 percent are very or somewhat likely to allow employees discretion with regard to travel to France
- 55 percent are very or somewhat likely to allow employees discretion with regard to travel to/within Europe.
- 16 percent are very or somewhat likely to cancel travel to France until the investigation determines if the attack is just one of many in the planning stages
- 5 percent are very or somewhat likely to cancel travel to/within Europe until the investigation determines if the attack is just one of many more in the planning stages.
- 30 percent are very or somewhat likely to cancel travel to France if the attack is just one of many more in the planning stages until strategic modifications to travel policy are considered.
- 35 percent are very or somewhat likely to cancel travel to/within Europe if the attack is just one of many more in the planning stages until strategic modifications to travel policy are considered.
- 55 percent indicate their company’s Duty-of-Care policy will drive any modification to travel policy.
Additionally, the vast majority of organizations are likely to provide their employees personal discretion regarding travel to France and to and within Europe –
- 70 percent and 55 percent respectively.
Paris Travel Update
Most tourist attractions in Paris have reopened as of Wednesday, November 18, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Only the Arc de Triomphe, the Tours de la Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris and the Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis remain closed. Additionally, tours at the Stade de France are suspended until November 20, and the Crypte archéologique on the square in front of Notre-Dame is closed for renovation work until December 20. Due to a police operation in the town of Saint-Denis, the district of the Basilica is presently closed off to the public.
The Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, Bon marché and Beaugrenelle department stores, among others, will open at their usual times. Major public parks, gardens and theme parks, including the Big wheel - Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées Christmas village, Disneyland Paris, Zoo de Vincennes and Aquarium de Paris are open.
SNCF high-speed rail lines and international trains, as well as all Paris metro lines, are running normally, the Paris CVB said. Only the Oberkampf metro station (lines 5 and 9) is closed to the public as a security measure. Riverboat trips on the Seine are also open.
The information points of the Paris Tourist Office are open at the usual times, with the exception of the Paris Rendez-vous information point at the City Hall, which will reopen on Thursday, November 19.
A statement on the website of the city's two major airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, reminds travelers to expect further delays due to heightened security. Travelers should also expect delays at the Gare du Nord (Eurostar).
Two Air France Flights Diverted
Tuesday night two Air France flights from the U.S. to Paris had to be diverted due to anonymous bomb threats, USA Today reports. Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles was diverted to Salt Lake City, and Air France Flight 55 from Washington / Dulles had to land in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Officials later cleared both planes to fly.