Up to 75m jobs are at immediate risk in global travel & tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Irish national flag carrier, Aer Lingus is offering customers booked to travel on the airline between 21 March and 31 May a voucher for the full value of their travel, including taxes and charges, plus an additional 10%.
Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has announced the cancellation of its Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that people should “avoid mass gatherings” in a statement made to the public, 16 March.
Australia’s federal and state governments have agreed to cancel non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people across the country and non-essential travel overseas.
The European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA), United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA) have called for bilateral conversations between European and US authorities to review and cancel the travel suspension from Europe to the United States of America.
The UK government will not ban mass gatherings at this stage, it has been confirmed.
As the new UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, prepared to deliver a budget 11 March amidst growing demands to support the economy in the face the coronavirus challenge, ABTA – The Travel Association, has called on the government to consider extraordinary support measures for businesses operating in the UK’s travel and tourism sector.
Organisers of tech and music conference South by Southwest (SXSW) have said they were “devastated” by the decision of The City of Austin authorities to cancel the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. The show was to have run 13-22 March attracting 400,000 visitors.
Meetings and events industry leaders from associations released the following statement in the US on 5 March regarding the coronavirus:
Destination management company for Asia, Destinations Asia, has issued a comprehensive travel update for the region. With the exception of mainland China, the report says Asia remains attractive for events.