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Zika and Tourism – Let’s Put This in Perspective

Michelle Renn | August 29, 2016

by Michelle Renn Zika is gripping national and international headlines on a daily basis. With tourism being the lifeblood for hospitality and the flow of guests critical to each of our success it is important that our industry shares the known facts regarding the virus and its potential harm. Like SARS, Ebola and other infectious diseases, if the Zika virus continues to spread it could have a considerable impact on the sector of our economy that relies on visitors. While there has been a slight rise in trip cancellations to affected areas, it is too early to speculate on its long term economic impact to tourism. Our purpose here is to e...

The Zika Virus – An Evolving Risk to the Lodging Industry

CBRE Hotels | February 16, 2016

By Brett Edgerton, Economist, CBRE Hotels' Americas Research According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus is spreading rapidly throughout the Americas. The outbreak is a potential health risk to individuals, especially pregnant women, as birth defects have been associated with women who were infected during pregnancy. The potential for the virus to spread to regions of the Americas thus far uninfected is extremely high. Past disease outbreaks similar to Zika have not caused severe declines in aggregate hotel demand, but local areas, such as Toronto during the SARS outbreak in 2003, saw meaningful declines in rooms...

CTO, CHTA Working With Caribbean Health Agency to Mitigate Zika Impact

Caribbean Tourism Organization | January 27, 2016

BRIDGETOWN, Barbardos (Jan. 27, 2016) -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) are urging all Caribbean countries and the national hotel and tourism associations and hotels in the region to diligently work to control the mosquito population in light of the recent reports of the Zika virus. In addition, CTO and CHTA are working diligently with public health authorities in the Caribbean to mitigate the effects of the Zika virus. Zika, also known as ZIKV, is spread by the Aedes genus of mosquito, in particular the Aedes aegypti. CTO and CHTA are in close contact with the Caribbean...

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