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After Paris attacks, only 10% of business travelers change plans

APphoto_France Paris Attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pay their respects to the victims of the Nov. 13 attacks on the Place de la Republique. A survey found that only 10% of business travel managers changed travel plans after the attacks.

(Etienne Laurent / Pool photo via Associated Press )

Despite the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, nearly three-quarters of travel managers for major U.S. corporations say their travel plans to Europe remain largely unchanged.

That is the finding of a survey of nearly 170 U.S.-based travel managers who were questioned by the Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the business travel industry.

In fact, only 10% of the travel managers said they have temporarily suspended travel to Paris in the wake of the attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. An additional 16% said they made only “slight reductions” in their travel plans to Europe, according to the survey.

The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel warning this week, urging U.S. citizens to be extra vigilant when traveling abroad, especially in public places, in large crowds and while using transportation. It was the third such “worldwide” warning in as many years.

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“Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets and aviation services,” the warning says.

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