SAN DIEGO — Some people are rethinking their travel plans as COVID-19, often referred to as the coronavirus, continues to spread. With spring and summer around the corner, it’s impacting not just the travelers, but businesses.
News 8 reached out to several travel agencies in San Diego, who chose not to comment due to many people supposedly cancelling their trips.
Chris Liebenberg of Piper & Heath Travel San Diego spoke about the current travel economy and said the coronavirus spread has not impacted his business and he hasn't received any cancellations. Liebenberg said that he stays on top of all the precautions and virus updates.
“The rapidly-evolving coronavirus global outbreak is a critical issue for California’s tourism industry," said Visit California. "It has potential to have significant effects on our state’s communities – as well as our $145 billion travel economy. California is a safe destination to visit, and the coronavirus risk to the general public remains low.”
News 8 also checked in with the San Diego Convention Center. No events have been cancelled as of Feb 28.
The San Diego Airport is also monitoring the reports closely.
“The Centers for Disease Control has not ordered the type of thermal-imaging screening of passengers that is currently taking place at airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Atlanta,” said a representative from the airport.
While the coronavirus sparks fear in travelers, many are taking advantage of the bargains. Many travel websites are offering deals. Some San Diegans say they are saving at least 50% off of their travel bookings at this time.