Travel industry increasingly worried about Zika

Airlines and cruise lines allow travellers to postpone
Airlines, hotels and cruise lines operating in the Caribbean and Latin America are increasingly worried about travel being affected by the mosquito-borne Zika virus after the World Health Organisation warned about its spread throughout most of the Americas.
The outbreak, linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in South America, comes just as record numbers of Americans and Europeans plan holidays in the coming weeks and months.
The WHO says Canada and Chile are the only countries in the Americas the virus is not expected to reach. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that people should “consider postponing travel to areas w/ ongoing Zika transmission”.
Airlines have seen only minimal impact so far, but United Airlines is letting customers with tickets to regions impacted by Zika to postpone or get free refunds.
Cruise lines Norwegian and Carnival are allowing pregnant women to reschedule or change to another itinerary if they wish. Hotel chains like Hilton are working with local health authorities to follow prevention guidelines.
Reuters

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