How has COVID-19 corona affected and is affecting the travel industry?
Our precious planet is, unfortunately, going through a very big calamity these days. The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has greatly affected our lives negatively and is continuing to do so. It has affected the pattern of our lives which includes traveling. The spread of coronavirus initially started in December of 2019 and since then it has spread and victimized people from over 20 countries. The situation that is being dealt with right now is pretty similar to that of 2003 when there was a SARS outbreak in China which greatly affected the tourism industry of that particular country. In today's world, tourism is a very big industry that greatly contributes to the GDP and the economies of different areas. According to a credible source, approximately 10.4 percent of the GDP is generated through the tourism industry along with 10 percent of global employment.
With the spread of the coronavirus all over Europe, Asia, the United States, the Middle East and other parts of the globe, people are questioning their decisions about traveling because of the fright they have that they might end up contracting the disease. People are avoiding traveling and are preferring to cancel their plans instead of going along with them and risking their health. Strict rules have been implemented throughout the airports globally and the body temperature of every passenger is individually being checked. However, there still is a slight risk, because higher body temperatures are not the only symptom of catching this virus. There are many more symptoms which include dry cough, tiredness and body aches. The spread of coronavirus has greatly accelerated because of healthy people contracting the virus from the patients.
With the continuous levels of acceleration of this particular virus, strict bans have been implemented when it comes to traveling to or from the countries of China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. These bans have been implemented by the CDC. The same agency has also given warnings to travelers and has implemented rules of lower strictness levels on traveling to or from other countries. If a person is traveling in such a situation, first and foremost, they should be well informed and do their research on the disease control centers of that particular area. If that country is well equipped and if the traveler takes all the precautionary measures, they are unlikely to contract the disease.
In case a person has already booked a trip that they may want to cancel because of the global pandemic that is going on,
there is a very high level of possibility that you may not get the entire amount refunded that you initially invested on your trip. The decision that has to be made regarding traveling or canceling the trip, however, solely depends on you and your preferences. You might end up getting a refund if your final destination is China, Iran, Italy or any of the areas of the world whose majority of the population has contracted the virus but all depends on the airline that you chose. The best idea in such a situation would be to constantly be in touch with your travel agency and ask them to keep providing you with constant updates.z
When it comes to the effects on the global travel industry because of the coronavirus, the first and the most obvious one is the way it has affected the imports and exports of different countries. Because of the coronavirus, people have started to fear trading with other countries as they feel that the products that are being exchanged might end up bringing the virus in their countries. Secondly, businessmen who solely relied on traveling for business purposes are continuously suffering because of this virus. That is mainly because of the ban that has been implemented in different countries by different governments. A good example could be Pakistan and China. A lot of raw material for the clothing industry in Pakistan comes from China, but ever since the spread of coronavirus accelerated in China and ended up spreading into different countries, the imports from China of the raw material for clothing has completely stopped. Because of this, not only is the clothing industry of Pakistan suffering but also the businessmen and owners of different factories that manufacture clothes. Because of this, people are losing their jobs and the economy, in general, is greatly suffering.
When we talk about traveling for leisure purposes or booking a trip with your loved ones, if you have already booked and are confused about deciding if you should travel or not, the best idea would be to talk to your travel agent and get in touch with the airline directly. Airlines are quite flexible these days, because of the global pandemic, as they would not want to lose their clients and are offering different ways and solutions to people who want a change in their plans. For example, Jet Blue is not charging its customers who plan on changing their traveling plans from February 27th, 2020 up to March 11th, 2020 for travel completed by June 1st, 2020. The best approach, however, would be to wait and watch if the situation gets better and the spread of the coronavirus is brought under the control of not before planning on traveling.