The coronavirus continues to spread, and its impact can already be felt in travel to and throughout China. A handy timeline from Australian news website abc.net.au outlines the outbreak from the first detected instance of the disease in mid-December.
Toward the end of January, China locked Wuhan down and canceled Lunar New Year festivities in the city. In the following days and weeks, more and more cities were locked down as Chinese officials tried to stem the spread of the disease. Perhaps too little too late, travel organizations and countries now take matters into their own hands.
British Airways was the first airline to make an announcement regarding flights to Mainland China. On Wednesday of last week, the airline suspended all routes into the growing pandemic’s center. The airline’s announcement follows The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s recommendation that travellers avoid all but essential travel to China’s Mainland.
On Feb. 2, the U.S. State Department issued a level four travel advisory, cautioning all Americans to stay out of China at any cost.
According to Reuters, United Airlines suspended more than 20 U.S.-based flights to China and Hong Kong citing a lack of demand. Delta Air Lines and American Airlines suspended flights to China after the State Department raised the travel advisory level. Other countries including South Korea and the U.A.E. advise staying away from the country if at all possible.
In the United States, there are 11 confirmed cases of the virus as of Feb. 3. Patients are under quarantine in five states, including California, Illinois, Washington and Arizona. The CDC issued a travel warning urging all American travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. A full breakdown of the CDC’s notice to the public, including travel tips and strategies to stay healthy, can be found online.
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Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
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While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
London’s Beaumont Hotel aims to use plastic across only 5 percent of its guest body and haircare products. The initiative, the only one of its kind across hotels in Northern Europe, is made possible thanks to the hotel’s new partnership with D.R. Harris, the oldest pharmacy in London. D.R. Harris will provide The Beaumont Hotel with a new line of luxury bath and body products available in bars and aluminum packaging.