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D'après Eurostar, les voyageurs américains reviennent en Europe / U.S. Travelers Are Returning to Europe, Eurostar Says

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Skift, le 16 mars 2017

Publié le 17 mars 2017

Thématique: Tourisme international, Impact sur le tourisme



Eurostar International Ltd. said American tourists are returning to Europe as concerns about terrorist attacks ease, with the number of U.S. travelers on its Channel Tunnel express trains up 17 percent so far this year compared with the same period in 2016.

Demand for business travel has also picked up, particularly in the U.K., where bookings were 4 percent higher in the first 10 weeks, Eurostar said Thursday after posting a 25 million-pound ($31 million) loss for 2016, versus a 34 million-pound year-earlier profit.

“With the return of travelers from the U.S. and business travel on the increase, the market is now rebounding strongly and we are optimistic about the growth prospects for the year,” Chief Executive Nicolas Petrovic said. There has also been a resurgence in Chinese and Australian bookings, and visibility through the key Easter travel period is good, he said in an interview.

Eurostar’s passenger tally fell 4 percent to 10 million in 2016 following a spate of terrorist attacks in Europe that targeted cities including Paris and Brussels, two of Eurostar’s three main terminals. U.S. visitors and Asian tour parties were among key groups to stay away.

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