Friday 23 June 2017

Alarmists, not militants, will destroy the world of travel for all involved

A Belgian police officer patrols the Grand Place in central Brussels yesterday. Photo: AP
A Belgian police officer patrols the Grand Place in central Brussels yesterday. Photo: AP

Eoghan Corry

Americans are famously the most nervous of travellers. When they get a blanket government advisory telling them to beware of venturing beyond Ellis Island, which is effectively what happened yesterday, the rest of us should be worried.

The USA is our second biggest inbound market, and among the fastest-growing. Ireland is anticipating growth of 14pc-15pc in inbound tourism traffic from the USA in 2016 on top of similar growth this year.

Next summer we will have 30 flights on some days to North America. We were anticipating nearly 1.5 million American visitors.

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