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Asia seen as safer by European tourists


But cost of long-haul fares remains prohibitively high
The series of terror incidents in and around Europe has caused many to put off travel plans, denting business for some European business events specialists attending IT&CM China, TTG Asia reports. But Asia is a beneficiary.
“People are not going to Turkey, Morocco and the Middle East as these are perceived to be unsafe at the moment,” said Ivo Van De Velde, travel planner with Advivos Belgium. “Meanwhile, demand for destinations perceived to be safe has increased. These are Spain, Portugal, Italy and the UK, as well as Asian destinations, specifically China and those in South-east Asia.”
However, even as travellers have greater faith in destinations like Thailand, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, Jean-Paul Bonomi, general manager of incentive agency Squirrelviaggi.net, said these places are “very expensive” and demand will not shift from Europe to Asia especially as corporate event budgets are smaller now because of the European financial crisis.
“The cost of long-haul airfares negates the savings made on ground arrangements,” remarked Lidia Ivanova, manager of Bulgaria-based Mega Travel, adding that not all cautious Europeans would be able to consider ‘safer’ alternatives in Asia. “That is why I am here [at IT&CM China], to explore new and cheap products in Asia to sell.”
TTG Asia


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