Coronavirus tightens it’s grip on already devastated travel industry

The Coronavirus is rapidly having more and more impact on the travel arrangements of millions around the world. Governments and local authorities are battling with trying to prevent the spread of the virus and more and more travel types and attractions are being affected.

  • If you are over 70 you have been told by the UK Government and Scientific experts not to take a cruise.
  • Princess Cruises have suspended operations until at least May
  • Virgin Voyages have delayed the inaugural season of Scarlet Lady from Miami until at least August 2020.
  • Disneyland, Disneyworld and Disneyland Paris theme parks will close from Sunday 15 March until at least the end of the month. All their associated hotels are remaining open as well as their respective villages and stores.
  • Universal Studios in Los Angeles and Orlando will be closing from Saturday. Their City Walks are staying open.
  • Disney Cruise Lines have suspended new departures.
  • Norwegian Airlines has cancelled over 4,000 flights with the announcement that European flights from 26 countries are being banned from 13th March.
  • CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Conference 2020 has been postponed.
  • ITB in Berlin cancelled
  • Viking Cruises have suspended operations
  • Broadway shows closed for at least a month
  • Smithsonian Museums closed in both New York and Washington DC
  • Capitol Building Tours suspended
  • White House Tours suspended
  • National Zoo closed
  • JFK Library in Boston closed

It is estimated that 50 million employees in Tourism worldwide could lose their jobs due to the impact of Coronavirus.

World Markets are impacted and the UK/Dollar rate is falling again at $1.26 to £1

This really is just the start of the fight and it could be 12 weeks before the peak of the infection starts to flatten. It is like being in a Hollywood Movie and we are all extras in it watching it unfold in front of our very eyes.