Just when you’re saying “hey, things might be looking up…” we get this; the Swine flu. For those of you in the industry, you’ll recall what SARS did to us. This is a very fluid situation, changing by the minute. As for right now at time of this writing, we’re not at SARS type status.
I’m not a big fan of panic. Unnecessary panic has the potential to paralyze travel and further America’s ongoing economic crisis. However, travelers, like all citizens, should heed the advice of experts when determining how best to manage health concerns.
Since you might be looking for more information, I thought I would pass on what the US Travel Association reporting. Here’s their press release from 4/27. Again though, information is changing as fast as someone can type, so keep checking the US Travel Association site for updates.
U.S. Travel Association Statement on Swine Flu
WASHINGTON, DC – Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today issued the following statement in response to concerns related to travel and swine flu:
Lastly, here’s what ASTA, via SmartBrief writes. If you don’t get SmartBrief, you should.
§ Health officials warn travelers about outbreak in Mexico
An outbreak of swine flu in Mexico has prompted health officials in the U.S. to advise Americans against nonessential travel to the southern neighbor. Swine flu has been linked to more than 150 deaths in Mexico. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has raised its alert level for global pandemic flu. However, the WHO has recommended keeping borders open and is not issuing any travel bans. Read the State Department’s Travel Alert for Mexico. The Wall Street Journal (4/28) , The New York Times (4/28) , Yahoo!/The Associated Press (4/28) Bloomberg (4/28)