Twin bomb blasts in Boston during the annual Boston Marathon is likely to hurt tourism. For short term tourist arrivals to Boston is expected to decline and only expected to start recovering from next month onwards.
The twin bomb blasts took place towards the end of Boston marathon which is one of the biggest tourism events in the city. Three people killed and more than 140 injured in the terror attack. The Boston Airport was immediately shut down following the blasts for security reasons.
This is the first terror attack in United States since the 9/11. Tour operators have said that it is quite natural that tourists may cancel booking and decide against traveling to Boston.
However they don't see tourists completely shunning Boston and believe that things will start to get normal as more information regarding the blasts will be provided.
The FBI has started the investigation of the blasts and so far no terror group has been blamed for the blasts.
Tour agencies in Boston are hopeful that tourism will start to rebound from May. However it will take few months for tourism to completely recover. The tour operators don't see overall any big slide for tourism to United States.
However some are of the view that tourists from some Asian countries may decide against traveling to United States since such incidents increases the security checkups at the airports and generally Asian tourists are the subject of lengthy security checks.