Breaking News: How World Tourism Confronted Coronavirus in Berlin today?
Traveling during Coronavirus? No more? The global travel and tourism industry is in a state of panic, disbelieve and business is in a downward freefall due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. What should be the response of the travel sector? This was discussed today in Berlin, Germany.
ITB Berlin 2020 was canceled, but SaferTourism didn’t take no for an answer and after meeting with SKAL on Wednesday continued with their planned discussion on coronavirus at the Grand Hyatt in Berlin.
Today representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and participants from Israel, Ukraine, France, Germany, Netherlands, and the USA (Texas, Hawaii) met at the Grand Hyatt Berlin for an informal discussion. The meeting was supported by eTurboNews, PATA, African Tourism Board and LGBTMPA.
Dr. Peter Tarlow, head of Safer Tourism presented his views saying:
Only a few short months ago, the world first heard about a possible new and deadly virus called the Coronavirus (CoVid-19). In these last few months what at first appeared to be a few isolated cases of an unknown form of influenza in a faraway province of China has now turned into a worldwide pandemic that threatens not only human life and wellbeing but also major portions of the tourism industry and economies around the world. For example during the last week of February world stock markets plunged, in many locations hotels emptied, airlines and cruise lines have canceled voyages and stopped visitations or landings at multiple ports-of-call.
This contraction of the airlines’ industry has caused numerous tourism and travel companies now to lay off workers creating still additional economic hardships. Air and seaports now reject passengers from the most infected locations or force them into quarantine. Medical personnel from around the world are scrambling to find new vaccines; trying…