COVID-19 may impact negatively Calgary Tourism

Published on : Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Fears over the global outbreak of COVID-19 have many travellers re-organising their vacation plans, resulting in an impact on the tourism industry.


Calgary Tourism has been monitoring the situation and knows the impacts are being felt globally.


“Canada and its tourism destinations are already experiencing the impact through the cancellation of flights and of conferences and events. As the virus continues to spread, we expect to see further impacts nationally, provincially and locally,” a statement read.


There are no confirmed or probable cases in Alberta at this time, however, the organisation said the tourism industry is especially vulnerable to global pandemics.
“Tourism Calgary is working closely with partners to support our industry and the local tourism economy by shifting our marketing efforts for 2020 to a national and regional approach. By being responsive and nimble in our efforts, we aim to mitigate the impact on those who work and operate businesses in Calgary’s $2 billion tourism industry.”


Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provided an update Monday saying the deadly virus is likely to spread to the province as Canada has 27 confirmed cases.


“As new information becomes available, we are working with partners like the Public Health Agency of Canada to asses it and adjust our public health approach accordingly,” Hinsahw said.


Health officials in Canada are focusing on travellers returning from Iran as the Middle-Eastern country has recorded more than 1500 cases of the virus and 66 deaths.


Canada roughly sees about 700 people return from the country weekly and is asking those to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days.


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