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15 Feb 2020 (AFR) – Coronavirus: Cruise industry feels the pinch

(15 February 2020, AFR, p11, Fiona Carruthers, AFR Travel Editor)

‘As the $45 billion global cruise industry continues to feel the shocks of coronavirus (COVID-19), closer to home, luxury Sydney travel agency Mary Rossi Travel spent the past week rewriting newsletters and itineraries,  deftly tweaking their promoted destinations. “Australians are definitely still travelling – they’re just flying over the top of Asia and going straight into Europe, or heading across the pond to New Zealand to stay in a lodge,” says the agency’s owner, Claudia Rossi Hudson. She adds that cruise bookings are down 5 to 10 per cent. “The thing in travel today is people have so many choices, so it’s easy to opt for something different. “There’s been slightly less interest in booking a cruise over the past week – however, I’d qualify that by saying most of our clients still intend to cruise later this year; they’re more delaying booking – waiting for the worst of the virus to clear, then they’ll decide.” It’s a pattern occurring in travel agencies the world over as coronavirus continues to disrupt business as usual, with The New York Times reporting cruise bookings are generally down  15 per cent.’

Read the complete article at AFR.com (might need AFR login access)

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