Tour operators, LOT are open for business

NEW YORK -- Most U.S. operators specializing in Poland continue to book and conduct tours despite concerns over last month's terrorist attacks here and in Washington and Pennsylvania.

Mary Gorecki, owner of West Springfield, Mass.-based Worldwide Travel, parent company of Polish American Tours -- which received its fair share of initial cancellations -- had clients depart for Warsaw and Krakow the week following the tragedy.

"We even have some people who wanted to go [earlier] but all the flights had been canceled until that Saturday," Gorecki said. "We have not canceled any tours yet; we're just operating with fewer clients."

The phones at Isram World have been relatively quiet, said a spokeswoman, although the New York-based Jewish heritage tour operator has received both cancellations and new bookings of its autumn Central Europe product.

At press time, neither tour operator had discounted pricing to spur reservations.

Orbis, AirTours Poland and American Travel Abroad also remained open for business.

Meanwhile, LOT Polish Airlines resumed its nonstop flights to Warsaw and Krakow from New York, Newark and Chicago on Sept. 15.

Before travel, LOT passengers must reconfirm reservations at (800) 223-0593 and arrive at airports four hours before departure.

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