Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Zika has terrified travel industry
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently warned all the travelers via its Twitter account, to reconsider their travel plans (postpone or cancel), to the areas affected by Zika.
Zika is an Aedes Aegypti mosquito-borne virus which has raised concerns among the travelers and tour operators serving in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The virus has a huge potential in causing brain damage in innumerable babies in Brazil.
United Airlines have given flexibility to its confirmed passengers, to reschedule their trips to the Zika-impacted places or refund the ticket amount without any penalty or deduction. On the other hand, Norwegian Cruise Line Holding Ltd. and rival Carnival Corp have allowed expectant mothers covered with CDC advisories to modify their travel plan to a later date to shift it to an outside place.
Hilton worldwide Holdings Inc stated that it was working closely with local authorities of health departments to follow CDC prevention recommendations. There is a certain set of travelers who are still pondering upon their short visits to Latin America. Cancellations and rescheduling has hardly happened, so far – a carnival spokesman informed. The impact has been less.
Another set of travelers has shared their grievances on Twitter for not being able to get the amount refunded by the travel agents.
Whatever, be the reaction, Zika it seems that the virus is likely to affect the revenues of the travel industry.