Eurostar Rail Service Reports Drop in Business Due to Terrorist Attacks
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Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Eurostar high-speed rail service is reporting a drop in ticket sales for the company’s trains.
According to BBC.com, the number of passengers on Eurostar trains through the first three months of the year dropped to 2.2 million from the 2.3 million passengers served through the same period in 2015.
In addition, revenue for the high-speed rail service fell six percent over the last year.
When asked about the reasons behind the drop in business, Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic explained that the March terrorist attacks in Brussels have caused the decline in demand.
“People coming from North America and South East Asia, particularly Japan, are fearful of coming to Europe at all,” Petrovic told BBC.com. “They don't really understand what's going on and would rather go elsewhere altogether. Hopefully next year international visitors will come back.”
While business is down, Eurostar executives are hopeful the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in June will boost sales, as an estimated 500,000 passengers are expected to make trips to host cities in France, including Lille, Paris, Lyon and Marseille.
Eurostar also announced a new route between London and Amsterdam, launching in 2017.
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