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How fragile we are!

I often talk about the unpredictable nature of events that affect the travel industry. The discovery that the Zika virus can potentially affect the development of the unborn child, if the mother is infected during pregnancy, has huge repercussions for many countries that were previously considered 'safe areas'.

I have already heard stories of young, honeymoon couples who wish to cancel or change their holidays to the Caribbean or Mexico. It is early days and possible we do not know enough yet, but it is easy to see how fragile the travel and tourism business can be when faced with such a difficult issue.

Understandably many people will err on the side of caution. Areas and countries that depend on tourism for their economy can be devastated in a very short space of time - likewise the effect can also be devastating on the companies and tour operators that specialise in travel to these areas.

Without a doubt, our world is fragile. However, it is also huge and recent years have seen many new destinations and services spring up, worldwide. Travel breaks down barriers and helps us all withstand the pressures of life today, so we are also fortunate to have such diversity to offer.
 
Sadly, we lost another travel stalwart this week. John Harding was MD of city break operator Travelscene and was also a former president of ABTA. I met John a few times at SPAA functions and always found him in fine fettle, a firm handshake, a glowing smile and a knowing glint in his eye. A real gentleman and travel character who took every opportunity to  champion the Independent travel sector. He will be sorely missed.
 
 
Alan Glen - SPAA President
01/02/16

 

 

 
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