About more than 2,500 km from Kyiv to Dublin.
or some international travelers are considering European trips this year, however, that won’t matter. They are considering an area.
As a recent Washington Post the title gives: “Is it safe to travel to Europe?”
It sounds crazy that Russia’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine could put people off traveling to Ireland, but previous conflicts in places like the Gulf, Iraq and Kosovo have shown us that. that war can affect the beliefs of distant travelers.
For some people, the memories of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17due to a Russian missile shot down Ukraine in 2014, may also come to mind.
Of course, in this moment, our thoughts are first of all with the people of Ukraine. But just as we need to talk about ripple effects in areas like energy and security, we should also explore the impact of Russia’s war on tourism.
Saint Patrick’s Day is Tourism Ireland’s biggest outlet – this week, a ‘ Greening the world‘will light up landmarks around the world as potential visitors are encouraged to “push the green button” and are in the process of Ireland’s post-Covid tourism recovery.
But even it acknowledged the war in Ukraine could cause “decision-making delays”.
The good news is that flights are back online and Tourism Ireland research also shows that our reputation “as a safe, friendly and welcoming destination will continue to be a valuable asset in the short term, medium and long term”.
That’s important, because if tourism to Ireland is to start its comeback, it’s crucial for American travelers to spend big.
American tour operators selling European tours have also sought reassurance.
For example, guidebook author and tour operator Rick Steves reminds his clients to “keep in mind the geographical realities and remember that the war in Ukraine is far from your dream of going on vacation to Europe. us like war in Guatemala would happen in Texas or Florida.”
But that war took a huge toll. Think of the loss of business when airlines, yachts and tour companies crash Russian itineraries. The Russian and Ukrainian tourists are also gone.
Being closer to home, vacationers or parents of children traveling to school may already be nervous about trips to places like Poland or the Baltic countries. After Russia invaded Ukraine, Ryanair says bookings fell 20 percent across the board – although that decline has slowed.
The closure of the airspace also causes airlines to take longer routes (with greater carbon emissions). between Europe and Asia.
According to a report by Axios. With oil prices at $100 (92 euros) a barrel, it calculates that this could add up to almost $25,000 (23,000 euros) per round-trip flight, or $120 (110 euros) for each ticket.
Airlines can plan alternative routes and will preserve fuel at a lower level in the coming months. But inflation is skyrocketing. Could we see a return to fuel surcharges, like the airlines settled when oil prices rose in 2007/2008?
“Aer Lingus currently has no plans to introduce a fuel surcharge, but we are constantly monitoring the market,” the airline told me this week.
Above all, the problem is uncertainty. We don’t know what will happen next. On top of Covid-19 and rising cost of living, you can see why it can cause fingers to pause on ‘book’ buttons, wherever they are.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/dublin-is-over-2500km-from-kyiv-but-what-impact-will-war-have-on-travel-41429130.html Dublin is more than 2,500 kilometers from Kyiv, but what impact will the war have on travel?