Taking Stock


At least one prominent tour operator selling Europe says that March 22’s deadly bombings in Brussels may temporarily curtail travel to Europe, but is predicting a quick rebound as the busy Europe summer season draws near, reports Ian Stalker in this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.

The suicide bombings blamed on Islamic extremists killed at least 34 people and left some 270 injured, and follow November’s deadly attacks in Paris that left some 130 people dead.

The latest bombings have been followed by warnings from some intelligence quarters about possible further attacks by Islamic extremists being carried out against other European targets.

The past week has seen Belgium police carrying out raids on suspected terrorist hideouts, although some have been questioning whether Belgium has been adequately addressing the terrorism threat.

The latest attacks come shortly before the start of the busy Europe travel season and targeted Brussels’ airport, along with the subway system – both transportation facilities frequently used by visitors to the city.

“Canadians are cautious buyers. However, I believe it will have a short-term impact on [Europe] sales,” Nino Montagnese of TravelBrands told Travel Courier.

“Europe was really starting to kick in these last couple of weeks. We may see a little delay, but consumers will buy.”

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