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Travel Daily - - News - From Jayson West­bury

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL sport­ing events al­ways make the news and are good for the travel in­dus­try at a global level, but when one ma­jor global sport­ing event is in­ter­rupted by a sig­nif­i­cant and dev­as­tat­ing weather event, un­for­tu­nately things be­come com­pli­cated.

I am talk­ing of the lat­est re­ports from the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in Ja­pan and the events that have fol­lowed Typhoon Hag­ibis.

Re­ports are al­ready re­veal­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the typhoon and the im­pact upon Ja­pan, and I am sure that our hearts and minds go out to all those caught up in this event at this time.

Sadly, many peo­ple have died in this weather event and as the Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties work tire­lessly to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion and res­cue peo­ple, it is likely that more will per­ish.

At a time when the pride of a coun­try is on stage both in sup­port­ing their own rugby team, but also show­cas­ing the great na­tion of Ja­pan, these types of events are shock­ing and we con­tinue to hope for a good out­come for all in­volved.

From the travel in­dus­try’s per­spec­tive, this places ques­tions and doubts in peo­ple’s minds as to whether they should or should not travel, but re­ports in are clearly con­firm­ing that nor­mal­ity is re­sum­ing quickly and the show will go on.

By the show, I mean the RWC, which has had its dis­rup­tions due to the typhoon and for all ac­counts of­fi­cials have scram­bled to keep the process on track and to cre­ate a good out­come for all in­volved.

But as the RWC now moves into quar­ter-fi­nals, all that is be­hind the teams and the line-up of games over the week­end ahead will be nail-bit­ing.

Eng­land plays Aus­tralia, which is al­ways a clas­sic event, and while clearly I will be back­ing the Wal­la­bies (per­haps not with the house) the eyes of the world hope­fully will be able to re­gain their fo­cus on the tour­na­ment in Ja­pan, while re­spect­ing the tragedy of the typhoon, but en­joy­ing the world class event that RWC has be­come.

If you are a tragic like me, you can get all up to date info sim­ply by CLICK­ING HERE.

We are, as they say, get­ting to the pointy end of the com­pe­ti­tion and this week­end will have a big im­pact on how the fi­nals will take shape. Of course if you are not at all into the rugby, I apol­o­gise for this - now might be the time to take a look!

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