The terror attacks Tuesday in Brussels threw travel to Europe for a loop, redirecting flights and shuttering one of the busiest airports in the continent. The airport was to remain closed Wednesday, canceling or redirecting hundreds of flights.
In the days after a terrorist attack, jittery passengers cancel their trips and try for refunds on their flights and hotel stays. But it turns out the long-term effects on tourism take a lot less time for a destination to overcome than other crisis situations.
The travel and tourism industry bounces back a lot faster after terror attacks than other crisis events. That doesn't mean there are no negative effects, but countries tend to recover more quickly than following disease outbreaks, environmental disasters and political turmoil.