TRAVEL INDUSTRY TAKING PRECAUTION AND PREVENTION PLANS AND MEASURES TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF NOVEL CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) PNEUMONIA
Different sectors and service suppliers in the Industry has laid out precaution and prevention plans in accordance with the standards and guidance of national authorities such as Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, The Civil Aviation Authority as well as international organizations such as International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Health Organization (WHO).
BANGKOK AIRWAYS (BA)
Thailand based boutique airline has elevated their precaution and transmission prevention plans for Coronavirus and has taken measures to apply not only to the airline’s operation but also to its three airports to ensure health and safety of passengers and staff. Such measures includes:
– Aircraft cleaning and disinfection adopting disinfectant misting and sterilization procedures to apply every aq.inch of space in the aircraft. In the event that a suspected COVID19-infected passenger is found on any Bangkok Airways flight, the airline will have the aircraft cleaned and sterilized immediately.
– Airports All key areas will be disinfect and clean including wheelchairs with strong disinfectants. The airport will also perform primary screening by using a held-held thermometer to check each passenger’s temperature. If any passenger is found with high body temperature or symptoms, the staff shall notify public health officers at such port immediately.
-Service employees are required to wear protective face masks when on duty as well as protective gloves when serving food.
BA has rolled out a policy to prevent employees from traveling to the high-risk countries as well as requesting all employees not to travel at this time unless absolutely necessary.
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ITB-BERLIN CANCELLED (4-8 March, 2020)
World’s largest travel event had to be cancelled to avoid large gathering that could be a risk of virus spread. More travel events with large gathering will have to be cancelled to control the spread of virus.
There are speculations that that in the advent of more reported cases each passing day, the worst may not be over and, while Registration is open, more upcomming events in the first quarter of 2020, like Arabian Travel MARKET (ATM) Dubai, in April – may see cancellation in consideration to priority to safety and health of visitors in a large gathering. Governments, UN Health authority and national Health Ministry around the world has imposed restrictions on people to gather in large number as a need of the day safety measure.
FOREIGN MISSIONS AND VISA
Suspension of visa on arrival
New immigration reules has been introduced for better check and control of the virus. “Travelers visiting Nepal will need to submit a recent document issued as a health certificate with the visa application at the Nepali Missions abroad in the respective country in order to get the visa to travel to Nepal”. Details:
While flights have been cancelled, many hospitality companies are allowing guests to cancel or change reservations with no penalties. Hyatt locations globally have been instructed to “continue to remain vigilant and utilize precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our guests and colleagues,” according to the spokesperson.
According to a report, “Chinese nationals comprise the largest tourist market in the world—a group that continues to grow. . . .however a sustained outbreak of the virus would pose a significant threat to this growth. About 134 million Chinese traveled abroad in 2019, up 4.5% from a year earlier, according to official figures.”(hotelbusiness.com). Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has closed about 70% of its hotels in China.
Many hotels world wide have received cancellation. More than 60% of Chinese travelers prefer to stay in in four- and five-star properties. Hotels and resorts most affected by the virus outbreak are likely to be at the higher end of the market.
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Zainudin Kadir, CEO, Langkawi Tourist Association, told local media that area hotels have seen a 40% drop in tourist arrivals since the outbreak.
According to a report, “it is estimated that there will be a $10 billion impact to the industry”. In our analysis, after looking at many reports and statements form NTO’s, hotels and airlines, eTC estimates impact of Corona Virus, on average, about 50% drop in global tourist arrivals.
Domestic tourism and “Staycation may be a winner in midst of Coronavirus“ (Global Data).