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-- -- -- Swine Flu and the fears of it's Friday.
Here's -- rapidly as a group we're getting so far for 2000 people at second you got 51 confirmed cases right here in the United States.
And the travel industry is struggling with conflicting warnings -- -- shouldn't you be traveling right now.
What does it mean for business for already struggling airlines hotels even cruise ship operators.
How is the president CEO of the US travel association which represents the seven -- forty.
Billion dollar and -- -- joining us in Washington -- that you ubiquitous there.
If they are Cheryl thank you -- member of the groups that you represent all of them have seen drop off we're hearing in their bookings in particular those that have large.
Or exposure exposure to Mexico.
How are you advising them.
Well that is happening -- the travel to Mexico when you look traveled the United States that's still there's no travel advisory whatsoever.
So I imagine some people will shift to American resorts that were possibly planning to go to Mexico well -- -- EU health commissioner came -- yesterday morning which didn't help anybody out and said don't go too.
In Mexico or the United States if you don't have to not that that didn't feel good.
I'm sure for your industry.
No she came out yesterday morning and about four hours later.
The EU rescinded that -- and said that she was mistaken.
The travel advisory for Mexico and not for the US you have a meantime half.
She walked into work -- -- yesterday morning I'm sure you were holding your head what do you do to combat this.
Fury about about this with a lot -- I don't know hysteria in -- than some facts.
What do you do I think that.
I think it hit right on the head Tom we see every yes state.
Our whole agenda is changed.
We pulled the entire industry together.
Conference calls -- and that the key message is you know be prepared.
Not panicked this thing could turn sensational.
I'm not on the facts listen to the experts listen to what you folks are putting out the experts that you have on and traveling use common sense.
Well -- you know Roger it right here in the New York area where we're all sitting.
I mean you do have more more cases coming up -- and officials here in New York City in particular saying.
There's going to be more so this story is not going away how -- you -- deal with us going forward as more cases get reported.
I think -- -- you have here shows a fluid situation you going to keep but I and it lets face it health is number one.
But we have to have common sense we have to really listen -- the experts.
We're watching that no one should do anything foolish -- right now there's no travel advisories I would keep my plans I've watched as you guys reporting what's going on.
And make intelligent decision for your families.
Hey Roger very specifically in front of my wife's is getting married down in Mexico in two weeks and they are an older couple and there's they've invited friends a lot of them have children.
Should they should these guests go and if they decide to go what exactly should they be doing in the next two weeks to prepare for that trip.
I think that is going to be a difficult challenges.
The air travel advisories put out from the United States for.
Nonessential travel and I guess the bride and groom see travels essential for the wedding.
But I sure think that that they're going to have it -- and decreased guest list there I would I would move that wedding upon spring well I -- -- see I'm not behind the contrary -- Roger what I would do is I would start calling up -- looking for bargains.
At resorts in Mexico because I would imagine they're given away some rooms right now.
You are so right there are so many bargains out there.
If you wanna go to Mexico we -- to go to Las Vegas is phenomenal -- Las Vegas Florida now is a time to travel there's tremendous buys out there.
That's because of that that's because the economic downturn I mean that's not -- saying that that's been sitting out there before.
That has not yet you're exactly right.
Charlotte has nothing to do to reaction has Swine Flu.
This is just there's been some degree decreased demand in the economy so people are packaging adding more value so -- it's a great time but you're exactly right.
I don't have hit something here I've gotten some pretty not so friendly emails from Mexico border terrorism because of some things -- -- reported on.
They have got to be up and arms right now about what's happening.
Holiday defending themselves what they do to defend themselves and in your lobbyist -- you cover the industry they're paying it.
Tell him what to do what do you say -- What they have to do is they have to be honest they have to get the right data out let people know what is going on what the Mexican health authorities are doing about this.
You cannot Pollyanna this and just say hey come here don't worry the -- very straight.
Mexico us find destinations and they -- flourish in the future but this when they should manage through.
Very conservatively Roger Dow from the travel -- that US travel association CEO president Roger thank you very much thanks for coming out of every.
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