GBTA Statement on the Paris Attacks

Alexandria, VA (November 15, 2015) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) today issued a statement in response to the Paris attacks and pledged to work with governments, private industry and business travelers to ensure the future safety and security of the global travel system.

“The terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of more than a 120 innocent people and injured scores more are not just an assault on Paris, but on our modern way of life,” said Christle Johnson, President of GBTA. “On behalf of the Global Business Travel Association, let me express our deepest sympathies to the French people and to those directly affected by the attacks. We stand with the people of France today. French President François Hollande, understandably, has closed the borders of France, declared a state of emergency, and called for three days of mourning. As a result a number of travelers are stranded in France. As a strong and unified business travel industry, we will do everything we can to provide resources to these travelers in this time of need.”

“Over the next days and weeks, we will learn more about how these terrible attacks were planned and executed,” said Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director and COO of GBTA. “GBTA stands ready to work with governments, private industry and business travelers to do everything within our power to ensure the future safety and security of our global travel system.”

Additional Resources

Statement of French President François Hollande
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/the-ministry-of-foreign-affairs/article/paris-attacks-statement-by-president-francois-hollande

U.K. Foreign Travel Advice
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france

U.S. State Department Security Message
http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-embassy-paris.html

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Paris, located at 2 Avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris, at +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22 or by email at [email protected] After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22.

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About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, gbta.org