our operators joined the rest of the world in sorrow over the incalculable loss incurred from the Notre Dame fire, but as effectively the first responders of the travel industry, they could not allow themselves time to mourn. As always, they had to tend to circumstances on the ground, the welfare of their guest travelers, and the recalculation of touring logistics in Paris in the wake of the disaster.
Travel Market Report surveyed some of the top providers of European tours to ask their assessment of the possible effects of the fire on tourism going forward.
“USTOA joins the global chorus of disbelief and sadness about the devastating fire at Notre Dame,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO of the U.S. Tour Operators Association. “We are also relieved that the structure has been deemed sound with a firm commitment, and quite a growing war chest, to rebuild. Our tour operator members are among the most nimble master planners when it comes to situations like this, as they have to be. We’re confident that their guests will see the value in visiting Paris, maybe even more so to show their support to the people of France in light of this tragedy.”
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