Tour operators with groups in Germany have reported that their
clients are safe following a deadly incident Monday when a tractor-trailer rammed
into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said the incident, which killed 12,
was a terrorist attack.
Several tour operators who had groups in Berlin on Monday
have said their clients are all accounted for and out of harm's way.
G Adventures is one of them. Spokeswoman Kim McCabe said the
operator's general manager for Europe, Sue Barreau, reported that "all
guests and guides are safe and accounted for. They were not in the immediate
vicinity of the market at the time of the truck crash."
The market is located near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial
"We do not have any plans to modify our Germany
itineraries, but will continue to follow advice from the relevant government
travel advisories and will modify, if it becomes necessary," McCabe said. "The
safety and security of our travelers and staff is our top priority."
Insight Vacations, owned by The Travel Corporation (TTC),
also has a group traveling in Berlin. President Philip Cappelli said all are
"The tour directors have advised that all guests are
doing well and are enjoying their holidays. All trips are operating as
scheduled," he said. "The safety and well-being of guests is of
paramount importance to TTC and the company is closely monitoring the situation
on the ground. TTC continually observes government travel advisories and
strongly recommends guests adhere to such advice."
Trafalgar, also a TTC brand, said all its passengers are
safe, and tours will continue to operate as usual.
Avanti Destinations founder and president Harry Dalgaard
said his company's emergency response team has been working to ensure the
safety of its clients in Berlin.
"While the events are very tragic, we're relieved to
report that all those traveling with Avanti in Berlin are safe and sound,"