Poll: Will you avoid travel to India?
In the past decade, India has gone from a place that relatively few Americans visited to one of the top international destinations for U.S. residents, ahead of other locales like Brazil, Switzerland and Greece. But some travelers are now canceling plans to visit because of safety concerns following the Mumbai attacks.
Now that the Department of State has issued a travel alert for India, and it's unclear how long it will take for tourism to the region to bounce back.
The U.S. was the No. 1 source of foreign tourists arriving in India in 2007, according to the Government of India's Bureau of Immigration, followed by visitors from the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Canada and France.
Travelers don't always react in predictable ways to terrorism. After the Madrid bombings in 2004, U.S travel to Spain increased 8 percent between 2004 and 2005.
A manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai reports that some people left because the events they had come for were canceled. But he hasn't seen a panic exodus. The hotel is primarily used by business executives.
Franziska Nagy, a recent graduate from Berlin who was traveling around the world, arrived in Mumbai last week. She plans to keep traveling and says she'll return to India. "Terror is everywhere. It was in London, Spain, and America," she said. "We'll come back."
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