International tourism reached an all-time high in 2015 with some 1.2 billion tourists traveling the globe. But the threat of terror attacks has left some hotspots hurting.
Islamist attacks, strikes and floods kept foreign tourists away from the French capital in the first half of the year and cost the Paris region tourism industry some 750 million euros in lost revenue.
Spanish police have foiled a bomb and car attack just hours after a deadly van rampage left 13 people dead in Barcelona. Five suspected attackers were killed during the second incident in a Catalan coastal town.
"Islamic State" attacks in Paris and the 2015 New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Cologne led to a reduction in overnight visits in both cities. However, tourism may once again be on the rise.
The famous wrought iron tower in Paris has been surrounded by metal fences since last year's European football championships. A new bulletproof anti-terror glass wall should soon be set up instead.
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