Travel experts say people are going abroad despite terror concerns

Terror concerns and international travel impact

(WVUE) - It's the time of year a lot of people head to the airport for travel abroad.

The terror attack at the airport in Istanbul and recent attacks in Europe could have a chilling effect on some travelers.

"And you could imagine something happening and it scares people," said professor Chris Fettweis, an international relations and U.S. foreign policy expert at Tulane University.

But some local travel agents believe people who want to travel outside the U.S. will do so despite terror concerns.

"It's been no impact on our business," said Lucienne Gore, president of Town and Country Travel, Inc. in Metairie.

She has helped a lot of clients plan trips, including to Europe.

"I feel that the people that are going to travel are traveling. After the Paris attacks we had people going to Paris, and I just think our clients are travel savvy and they're going to go. It's not going to interrupt their lives," said Gore.

"We shouldn't let ourselves be scared. If you're thinking about traveling to Europe, go ahead and do it. The odds of being caught in any incident are very small, and if you don't go, they win," said Fettweis.

ISIS is suspected in the Turkey attack. Some in the counter-terrorism community think the terrorist organization will continue to focus on so-called soft targets.

"It's possible. They are losing heavily in the battlefield, they have lost about 40 percent of their territory in the last year. Most of the big cities in Iraq and a lot of the territory in Syria, so a lot of people think that they are going to be lashing out internationally to try to keep their brand hot," said Fettweis.

If you are planning to travel abroad it's a good idea to sign up with the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program which provides information from local embassies about safety conditions in a particular country.

"There's just no such thing as safety, we can't ever be totally safe. We have to sort of live with the small percentage chance that we might end up at the wrong place and the wrong time," said Fettweis.

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