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Survey says: Europe still a hot travel destination

My inbox typically runneth over with pitches from various PR entities whether it's the latest hot product or the opening of a new fast food chain location, we get them all.

Along those lines Travel Leaders Group just released their survey of more than 3,400 American travelers on where they intend to go this year, or whether or not their travel plans were altered by terrorism.

The key findings:

- For those with European travel plans, France was the top country followed by Italy, the UK, Germany and Spain.

- For those who were not planning a European vacation this year, safety concerns rank among the top five reasons with 25 percent of respondents listing that as a primary concern. Others worries included vacation already planned (48 percent), expenses (31 percent), not interested in Europe (16 percent), no vacation time (6 percent).

- When asked if there was a specific country they would avoid this year because of safety concerns Turkey topped the list with 21 percent followed by Belgium and Russia with 14 percent.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›