Cancellations Abound at Paris Hotels after Terrorist Attacks

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?

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  1. I had an overnight planned for business. My company issued a travel ban on Paris. I rescheduled now not even connecting in Paris and the airline waived the change fee and the increased fare amount.

  2. My family has a trip planned to Europe starting in Paris in March. I will still go without giving it much thought. Nothing has changed the beauty of Paris and its culture.

  3. My Wife and I are headed there in December for our 10th anniversary. Zero chance I allow this to stop me. The city will never be safer, and it appears with all of these cancellations that we may have the place to ourselves! 😉
    Here’s to hoping for a nice platinum hotel upgrade!

    • Same here, but for a milestone-esque birthday. I have no intention of cancelling anything because of the attacks. I, too, this it’ll be even safer now with heightened security.Just emailed my partner that it seems like Paris will be pretty quiet. He’d checked online a few weeks ago and commented on how many conferences were scheduled for Paris the week(end) we’ll be there. Not so much anymore, apparently.

  4. I have a family trip to Paris planned for the holidays and we are still going without any second thoughts. There is no way I will allow these bastards to interfere with our lives. Paris is still my favorite city in the world and I am sure we will have a wonderful time there next month.

  5. My family has a trip planned to Paris over Thanksgiving. We’re going ahead with our plans and won’t alter any of our activities.

  6. @ Rick — We’re going in December for 6 days and paying some pretty hefty prices for the IC Le Grand. No movement yet on pricing, but I’m hopping to snag a better deal closer to our departure date. At a minimum, I suppose we’ll get a better upgrade as a result of the low occupancy.

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