TD readers feel the im­pact

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THE coro­n­avirus out­break is hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on TD readers, with 82% of re­spon­dents to our poll ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a can­cel­la­tion of ser­vices as a di­rect re­sult of the virus.

The im­pact ex­tends well be­yond China, with al­most half of those who have ex­pe­ri­enced can­cel­la­tions be­ing pri­mar­ily for Asia-based book­ings.

Of these can­cel­la­tions, 28.9% have been for travel to China, fol­lowed by 14.5% for travel to other re­gions of the world.

Over a quar­ter of trav­ellers who are booked to travel to China or other parts of Asia are can­celling their Asia travel (26.3%), while 21.3% are de­fer­ring all trips and 20% are just can­celling their China travel.

Many re­spon­dents high­lighted cruise as the big­gest area they are see­ing im­pacted by coro­n­avirus, with clients “ner­vous” about cruises in Asia.

15% are opt­ing to book travel for an al­ter­na­tive des­ti­na­tion, with some re­spon­dents high­light­ing that trav­ellers are per­ceiv­ing Europe as a safer des­ti­na­tion, and opt­ing to fly via the Mid­dle East.

Look­ing for­ward, client in­quiry and for­ward book­ings are feel­ing the heat, with 47% of re­spon­dents re­port­ing some book­ings are be­ing can­celled and 23% wit­ness­ing many book­ings can­celled.

Some for­ward book­ings are be­ing de­ferred (10.7%) and oth­ers are see­ing lit­tle to no im­pact at all (10.7%).

Less in­quiry for travel over­all was re­ported by 40.7% and less in­quiry for Asia over­all has been seen by 30.9%.

The sur­vey gar­nered re­sponses from readers from a va­ri­ety of sec­tors, in­clud­ing 56% of which worked in a re­tail travel agency, 14.3% in whole­sale and 6% in ho­tels, ac­com­mo­da­tion and re­sorts.

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