Anne R. Lloyd-Jones | February 18, 2020
By Anne R. Lloyd-Jones As of the writing of this article, the Coronavirus pandemic is only a few weeks old, yet it is clear that this event is already having a significant impact on the travel industry. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus, now known as COVID-19, a global health emergency, and individual governments have imposed travel restrictions and other measures, principally directed at travellers arriving from China. To gain some perspective on the potential impact of the current Coronavirus scare on the lodging industry, this article looks at the SARS pandemic of 2003, which has strong parallels to the curren...
Dr Giuliano Bianchi | February 12, 2020
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus there will inevitably be a shutdown of Chinese tourists. How bad is this for the Swiss tourism industry? Forecasting the Effects of Coronavirus on the Swiss Hotel Industry A novel coronavirus (formally known as 2019-nCoV) has sprung up over the last few weeks, with its epidemic center in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province (China). Little is known about this virus, but we do know that has an incubation period of 2 to 14 days and a mortality rate of 2.07%, according to CNN. While urgent research is being carried out, authorities are taking steps to contain the spread of the virus by closing air traf...
More than 3,500 people quarantined on cruise ship in Japan after guest tests positive for coronavirus
February 4, 2020
Thousands of people are stuck on a cruise ship docked in Japan under quarantine while medical officials test guests for coronavirus. An 80-year-old guest from Hong Kong was diagnosed with coronavirus after disembarking the ship on Jan. 25, five days after it departed from Yokohama, Japan, according to a statement from the cruise line obtained by CNN. The man, who has not been identified, was hospitalized on Jan. 30 and is currently in stable condition. After his diagnosis, the cruise, the Diamond Princess, has been quarantined in Yokohama, including all 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members. It’s unclear if any of the other guests...
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