A travel expert has issued a warning for tourists and travellers heading to Europe for a pre-Christmas getaway.
Brits heading across the channel pre-Christmas have been warned of the same terror alert.
Travel expert Frank Brehany, consumer director of HolidayTravelWatch said: “Pre-Christmas breaks to European Christmas Markets are popular with British holidaymakers and I hope lessons have been learnt and destinations are offering zoning protection for their visitors.
“Instead of simply offering the mantra that ‘we must not give in to terror’, consumers want to hear very clearly of the steps being taken to protect their safety.
“I would suggest the solutions of years past may not be up to the task and therefore the authorities, in whichever country, and in whatever area of travel, will have to take radical and overt steps to demonstrate security, not only to raise consumer confidence but to also bring confidence back to a damaged industry.”
Frank added: “If we truly believe that we should not give into terror then perhaps the time has come to demonstrate that through declared actions and investment!”
The US Department of State announced on Monday warning travellers that their is a heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe during the holiday season.
The alert was issued over possible terror attacks at popular Christmas markets.
The Department of State wrote on their website: “US citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events and outdoor markets.
“If you are travelling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the US Embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages.”
According to the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) there is a high threat of terrorism in France, Belgium, Germany, Russia and Turkey.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the following areas of Turkey: Sirnak, Mardin, Sanlirufa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay.
The FCO wrote on their website that there are “ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups” and the country has extended its national state of emergency until January 2017.
The terror warning comes after anti-terror police thwarted an imminent attack, which could have killed hundreds of people in Paris.
Four men were arrested in Strasbourg, eastern France and two in Marseille after police spotted some of the suspects waiting for what appeared to be delivery of weapons in Strasbourg.
One of the world’s oldest and largest Christmas markets opened in Strasbourg on Friday.
The market was initially thought to have been one of the attackers’ targets along with a local police station and several as-yet-undisclosed public places, according to Le Parisien.
SOURCE: The Express