European travel websites are taking a dim view of the new safety measures that have been introduced to Europes second largest tourist destination, the Grand Palais.
According to Eurotourism website Tripadvisor, “The Grand Palae is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is known as a ‘World’s Most Beautiful Place’ by many travelers.”
Tripadvisor states, “It’s very likely that if you’re going to spend some time in the Palais, you’re better off staying at another hotel or taking the metro.
They’re cheaper than staying in the hotel, and you’ll be less crowded in the evening.”
The site says, “There are several options for getting around the city, from walking around the grounds to taking a bus.
However, I would recommend staying at a hotel instead of taking a metro.””
If you plan to spend the day there, the safest option is to get in the metro and take the tram.
However if you want to go to the Palace to experience the sights and enjoy the atmosphere, then I would strongly recommend the Grand Palace.””
The Grand Palace has a long history of being a popular tourist attraction and therefore the Grand Plaza is an ideal location for you to spend a day,” the site continues.
“The Palais is a very romantic venue, and the surrounding gardens are a lovely spot to stroll in the afternoon or evening.
You can also choose to take a taxi to the palace.”
Eurostar said, “We have been in touch with the European Commission regarding the safety of visitors in the Grand Pompidou.
We have contacted Eurostar and Eurostar concierge service to request that any guests with concerns about their safety should contact them immediately.
As part of the process, we have asked the relevant authorities for advice and we are working closely with them.”
Tourism websites are in a state of shock at the measures introduced by Eurostar.
They say they are “disappointed” and are planning to “consider the advice of our team and follow up with our hotels”.
However, Tripadirect also says it is “not a party to the dispute”.
“We are not a party in the dispute.
The safety of our customers and guests is our highest priority and we continue to work closely with the French authorities and the authorities of the Palaces hotels,” the website states.
The Palace has been on the EU’s list of “high risk” tourist sites since April last year and it was designated in March 2017.
It was the site of the World Heritage Convention which was held in Paris in May 2018.
The French Tourism Ministry has also made it mandatory for all visitors to register and wear face masks.