Where to holiday?

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At the moment, many people might not wish to be in the travel industry.

The travel industry would love to know what you are planning for a holiday. Or even if you still plan on having one.

It seems that, since the collapse of Thomas Cook, they have slewed from one mess to another. They have had to contend with the Boeing 737 Max still being out of service meaning that there can be a shortage of planes at busy times and then they faced Australian bushfires. Companies specialising in Australia were hit by cancellations and the Australian tourist people pulled a campaign for a while.

The Hong Kong political instability over the last year meant that fewer people wanted to travel there.

And then to top it off came coronavirus.

First it meant people avoided China and then when the FCO travel advisory warned people not to travel there, some people looked at the Far East, saw it close by and avoided the whole area.

As it spread to Taiwan and a cruise ship that remained berthed in the Japanese port of Yokohama, even more considered different holiday plans. That is, if they could afford to cancel already booked holidays.

With airlines cancelling flights to the Far East it has an impact on other airlines which used places like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok as refuelling points. Passenger numbers began to drop.

The restrictions in Italy have brought home to some how widespread the virus has become. And since other outbreaks seem to be able to be tracked back to people who had been in Northern Italy or had lived there, the outbreaks elsewhere seem to be due to the fact that, in the twenty-first century, we move around easily.

Then this morning came the news that a hotel in Tenerife had a guest who has contracted the virus. By this afternoon (not a very day it has to be said) the same travel agent said no-one who walked in was interested in Tenerife as a holiday destination.

Tenerife is the most popular single holiday destination outside the UK for holidaymakers. If that becomes a turn-off for holidaymakers where might they go? The other Canary Islands or will that be considered too close?

Other countries are imposing conditions on visitors like the popular winter Caribbean destination of St Lucia. It says that no overseas visitors who have visited China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore or Italy within the last 14 days will be denied entry. Does that also apply to those who have just transitted in one of those places?

Where are you thinking of holidaying? Or have you postponed plans?

The travel industry would dearly love to know. No wonder it was nervous this afternoon!

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