Hotels in Paris were bound to be affected by last week’s terrorist attacks. Cancellations are always common after such events, but the numbers are far worse than anyone probably imagined.
According to this New York Times article, the five-star Le Bristol hotel lost more than $530,000 in bookings within 72 hours of the attacks. In the case of the Best Western Opera Diamond, more than 50% of all future reservations were cancelled immediately after the attacks. You have to imagine the numbers are similar at most hotels located in or around the French capital.
On the other hand, conferences scheduled to be held within the next few weeks have been cancelled, postponed or have been scaled back. The effect on restaurants, tour companies, shops, etc., will surely be devastating.
I have always had the mindset that you cannot let terrorists win by modifying your plans after a terrorist attack. Yet, what happened in Paris last week felt different. Everyone I know that was travelling to Paris soon has cancelled their trip and I cannot blame them. As much as I would like to think otherwise, if I were travelling to Paris next week I would probably also cancel my trip.
Nonetheless, the optimist in me hopes that things will begin to settle down soon. If that happens, I do hope people start travelling to Paris in droves.
What would you do if you had a trip to Paris planned soon?