The recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus has set the world in crisis mode. Kipp looks at the origin of the flu, how it has affected tourism and what regional governments are doing to protect us.
May 18, 2009 5:36 by kippreport
Global tourism has dropped across the board by 2 percent, according to figures released at the World Travel and Tourism Council conference held in Brazil from May 15 to 16. While the worldwide recession has been the biggest contributing factor, tourism analysts fear that the outbreak of flu could lead to a drop of more than 7 percent, a loss of $2 trillion to the global tourism industry.
Health officials across the world have warned travelers to stay away from crowded, confined spaces for long periods of time. Various airports, including those in the Middle East, are checking people on arrival for infections.
Flu-stricken Mexico has been desperately trying to woo tourists back to the country, with officials planning to spend nearly $100 million on advertising. Tourism is the country’s third largest source of foreign revenue, and hotels in places like Cancun are already offering deep discounts.