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A mourning Paris
sees tourism take
a hit, but will heal
By Michelle Baran
PARIS — In the aftermath of the
ISIS terror attacks that killed 129
people and injured scores more on
Nov. 13, throngs of police officers
and armed security personnel last
week appeared to have replaced
the hordes of tourists who typically descend on this city, one of the
world’s most popular destinations.
From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre,
from Sacre Coeur to Notre Dame Cathedral, the number of tourists milling about
last week represented a small fraction of
what one would expect to see here on even
days of the
tourist season. Only
one of the
of the Eiffel Tower was open, with just a
couple dozen people lining up to take the
elevator to the viewing platform. At the
Louvre, art lovers could practically walk
right into one of the world’s most treasured
museums with almost no wait.
Meanwhile, security had been noticeably
beefed up all around the city. Whether they
were checking bags and making customers
open up their coats before entering stores
on the Champs-Elysees, or patrolling tourist sites with their guns in a cradle-carry
position, it was impossible to overlook the
increased security throughout a city that
was on high alert.
“We figured out that approximately
As both adventure travel and its audience mature,
operators are giving experienced voyagers a
full-service mix that includes prequalification, in-the-field attention and post-travel follow-ups.
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Camille Olivere on her brief stay at Club Med
and her future at World Travel Holdings.
Survey: Agents say clients canceling Paris trips
You should explain to clients that your dis-
claimer merely reflects current U.S. law.
world’s largest hotelier.
While questions remain about how travel
professionals and nearly 75 million combined loyalty members will be affected, few
people with an eye on the hotel industry expected all of Marriott’s 19 brands and Starwood’s 11 to survive in the long term.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said on last
By Danny King
More bottom-line dollars. Bigger leverage
against OTAs. Fewer brands.
Those were the advantages that analysts
last week said they saw in Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels &
Resorts for $12.2 billion, creating by far the
Is a 30-brand Marriott/Starwood viable?
week’s conference call with analysts that he
expected Starwood’s brands to “remain in
place.” But he also noted that Marriott’s
Renaissance and Starwood’s Le Meridien
brands competed “in a fairly near place” in
the upper-upscale sector.
Analysts were skeptical about the viability
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Lawmakers seek curbs
to Visa Waiver Program
Summit, my thoughts kept turning to Paris.