Coronavirus Fears Bite At Business Travel

A U.S.-based, multinational retailer with a household name has banned all international travel to reduce risk from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Other organizations have suspended most or all travel in and out of the most heavily affected areas, which now include Italy, South Korea and Japan as well as China. So far this quarter, according to Sabre, bookings through GDSs are down by percentages in the mid-teens. 

This may be remembered as the week that the full potential of the epidemic . . .

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Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.

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