Just a little under two weeks back Paris was under attack by terrorists.
In all, 17 innocent victims lost their lives and three terrorists were killed by the French police. Since the attacks, there have been raids in various European cities with many arrests made.
It sounds petty to wonder or care about how these attacks have affected tourism in Paris, but it is still an interesting topic to take a look at.
According to an article from the Associated Press, “swarms of sightseers have thinned below Paris’ most visited monument, baring the dull concrete of the giant plaza“.
The article also mentions have the long lines that usually are found at this famous monument are a fraction of the usual length.
The AP didn’t get actual stats related to decreasing tourism figures to come to this conclusion but did so based on “visits to major sites and interviews with vendors indicated an initial drop in visitors“.
While many tourists are staying away from Paris, others are still deciding to visit. One Guatemalan tourist even said “for me it’s good because I didn’t have to wait too long“.
Would you be less inclined to take a trip to Paris right now due to the recent terrorist attacks? I can see both sides of the story and am not really sure how I feel.
Generally speaking, I don’t think these attacks would keep me away, but I’m also not in any hurry to visit.
Find out more about the story from the AP here.