FRANKFURT — Three blocks from Frankfurt's main train station, travel agent Hari Singh answered a flurry of phone calls from German and international clients.
Sitting behind a wooden desk at the office of Bobby's Travel Reisebüro, Singh was calm and relaxed as he booked airfare, hotels or vacation packages across Europe. But Europe, he said, is on edge.
"Across Europe, there is a big concern about security, so people are moving their travel destinations," Singh said.
He said European travelers became increasingly worried about safety after deadly attacks in Paris last November left 130 innocent people dead. Since then, a slew of horrific terror incidents in Belgium, Turkey, France and Germany have further heightened travelers' fears. For now, some of Singh's clients are shifting trips to countries like Spain or Portugal, which haven't had major terror attacks in the last few years.
Gauges of consumer confidence typically slide in the weeks or months after terror incidents, only to rebound soon after. Now, the frequency of the recent attacks in Germany and France is making some businesses consider whether there will be a longer-term economic impact.
But people including Singh are not concerned yet that travelers will stop calling altogether. And he's not alone.