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November 17, 2015
AAA Offers Precautionary European Travel Tips
MADISON, Wisc., (November 17, 2015) — AAA offers its deepest sympathies to those affected by the recent terror attacks in Paris. These acts have a direct impact on those living in Paris and their families, as well as travelers worldwide.   
“Every month thousands of AAA members and travelers across the country book trips to Europe,” said Nick Jarmusz, Public Affairs Director, AAA Wisconsin. “Although some of those travelers were in Paris during the attacks, we are relieved to report that they have all been accounted for and are safe. Our suppliers are reviewing cancellation policies, and many are allowing cancellations and changes without penalty.”
Europe remains a top destination for international travelers.  According to a recent AAA Consumer PulseTM Survey, 63% of Wisconsin residents who said that they were likely to travel outside the U.S. in the next three years expressed interest in visiting Europe. AAA has not seen significant cancellations or departure from travel plans at this time. AAA Travel partners are monitoring the situation in Paris and Europe very closely. At this time, there have been no reports of interruption of service or cancellation of departures to the region, despite the fact that many providers are allowing travelers to cancel or alter itineraries with no additional fee.
Currently, government officials are not advising Americans to avoid travel to Paris or Europe. The decision to travel is a very personal one which must be made by the traveler.  Travelers should be aware that border controls have tightened and movement throughout the city may be restricted.  Flights and rail connections to Paris and the rest of France are operating. However, allow for longer delays at airports and metro stations due to police checks.  Some popular landmarks were temporarily closed, including the Eiffel Tower, which reopened this morning. You can find additional information at the website for the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.  AAA recommends travelers remain informed of travel alerts and AAA travel counselors are available to assist members with this information
AAA recommends those traveling to Europe take the following precautionary measures:
  • Contact your travel provider directly. Many providers are allowing travelers to cancel or alter itineraries with no additional fee.
  • Purchase travel insurance. Most travel insurance providers do allow customers to cancel their trip, if an act of terrorism occurred at the destination within 30 days of the day they are scheduled to arrive. Customers could then receive payment for their non-refundable trip costs.
  • Increase awareness while traveling. U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster personal security. Travelers should exercise caution while traveling and take measures to “look like a local.” Americans are advised not to wear patriotic colors or dress in a way that makes them recognizable as a foreign tourist
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Wisconsin from September 30, 2015 – October 20, 2015.  A total of 400 residents completed the survey.  Survey results have margin of error of ± 4.9 percentage points.  Responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Wisconsin.


Nick Jarmusz
phone: 608-828-2495

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