Rebecca Pocklington

Will Attacks Affect New Yorkers’ European Travel?

In the wake of attacks in Brussels and Paris, New Yorkers consider European travel. Produced by Jessica Cartwright1, Simone McCarthy2 and Lana Lee3. With terror attacks occurring months apart in Brussels and Paris, and in recent memory in London, the image of Western Europe as a safe vacation destination may be changing for New Yorkers.

Traditionally Europe has dominated American international travel, according to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics, and for centuries Paris and other European cities have stirred the American imagination and appetite for travel. But this week, even New Yorkers who have travelled to Europe in the past are thinking twice about their plans, or being more circumspect when they make them.

People always say the bad guys are winning if you start to live your life with fear, but I would definitely think twice about going overseas, says Edward Thomas, while waiting for his daughter at LaGuardia Airport. Thomas, who travelled in Italy 10 years ago, says his wife dreams of going to Paris. I d like to believe that it wouldn t deter me, but I would go with a little more wariness. Concern among travelers could be compounded by the fact that the ISIS attacks in Brussels last week were located at two hubs of transportation the Brussels Airport and a subway station. The unpredictability of the attacks is another cause for unease.

Belgium, for example, ranked 16 for safety and security out of 141 nations on a 2015 World Economic Forum travel and tourism report. Yet recent attacks show that the country is vulnerable to radical violence. Manhattan-based travel agent Heather Solish has recently seen an uptick in travel insurance, which includes protections against terror for European travel.

While she feels that overall American tourism to that continent will remain strong, she s seen three trip cancellations to Europe following the Paris and Brussels attacks, although notes other factors could have been involved.

With summer around the corner, travel agencies and airlines will see if the attacks and unrest in Europe have affected America s (and New York s) love of European travel.


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Britons’ Lapland misery as holiday travel chaos bites: Hundreds left stranded for two days after faults are discovered on their aircrafts

  • 369 travellers were forced to abandon plans due to aircraft technical faults
  • Airline was forced to charter two additional flights to get passengers home
  • Meanwhile, a fault in the Channel Tunnel meant delays for more travellers




Hundreds of festive holidaymakers found themselves stranded in Lapland as Christmas travel mayhem began in earnest. A group of 369 travellers were due to fly back from the Finnish home of Santa Claus on Saturday but were forced to abandon plans when technical faults were found with the aircraft. Their misery was shared by travellers across Britain, who face lengthy delays on roads and railways as thousands begin their winter break.

Hundreds of festive holidaymakers found themselves stranded at Kittila airport (pictured) in Lapland as Christmas travel mayhem began in earnest

A fault in the Channel Tunnel at the weekend meant many families heading to the Continent had a frustrating start to their holiday, with a broken rail causing huge tailbacks and an eight-hour wait before crossing to France. Meanwhile the passengers in Lapland had to wait two days for the airline to charter two additional planes to bring them home from Kittila airport. They arrived back in the UK yesterday afternoon but had already been forced to abandon important engagements. Tracy Thomas, an oncology nurse, had to cancel a full list of patients and said their dream Discount Holidays © holiday had turned to hell . The 45-year-old and her GP husband Jonathan, 51, from Merseyside, spent 5,000 on the magical break for their daughter Elizabeth, who turns nine on Christmas Day.

But she said: It s been an absolute nightmare. We ve had a magical Discount Holidays © holiday but have been left with a sour taste because of the delays. Monarch the parent company behind Cosmos, which ran the trip apologised for the inconvenience and said that the aircraft were grounded due to technical faults .

A group of 369 travellers were due to fly back from the Finnish home of Santa Claus (pictured) on Saturday but were forced to abandon plans when technical faults were found with the aircraft

Services at the Channel Tunnel also returned to normal yesterday after the problems on Sunday. However further travel disruption is expected across the country in the run up to Christmas, with the Association of British Travel Agents warning holidaymakers to be aware of the risk of delays. Tomorrow is expected to be particularly busy at airports, while a raft of engineering projects mean rail travellers will also be affected.

Lines shut over the festive period include those from London to Heathrow and Gatwick, a section of the West Coast Main Line between Stafford and Crewe, part of the Great Western line from Paddington, plus routes in Essex and north Lincolnshire. Motorists face disruption from roadworks, which will remain in place on some busy sections of motorway including the M1/M6 junction near Rugby, and the M60 and M62 in Greater Manchester. Highways England said it had lifted 98 per cent of roadworks for the Christmas period but others had to remain for safety reasons .

Sally’s Cottages scoops travel accolade

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 1:01PM

THE Discount Holidays © holiday letting agency Sally’s Cottages has picked up a silver accolade in the 2015 British Travel Awards. Submitted

Sally Fielding, of Sally’s Cottages, with her British Travel Awards certificate

Sally’s, named after owner and founder Sally Fielding, is based in Keswick and manages properties across Cumbria on behalf of owners. It received a silver award in the ‘best UK Discount Holidays © holiday cottage and self-catering booking company’ category at what is the UK s biggest Discount Holidays © holiday industry awards ceremony.

Winners are chosen by a public vote, and this year a record-breaking 250,000 people cast more than 1m votes, making the British Travel Awards the largest consumer-voted awards across any industry. About 1,000 travel industry guests attended the New York-themed gala evening at London s Battersea Evolution. Mrs Fielding, 40, said: Our aim to offer exceptional customer service is at the heart of everything we do, and I am delighted that our business has been recognised for this on a national level.

We understand that people have high expectations when it comes to planning or booking a Discount Holidays © holiday and we re honoured to have been awarded this trophy by our most important judges – our customers.

She added: This has been our best year to date with record bookings, new cottages and a growing team.

“I am deeply touched so many of our visitors and cottage owners alike have supported our entry and voted for Sally s Cottages to win. She founded the business in 2003 with one Discount Holidays © holiday cottage in Eskdale and an initial investment of 1,000. Today, it has an office in Keswick, 11 staff, takings of 4.5m and manages more than 330 Discount Holidays © holiday cottages, homes and apartments.

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 12:48PM