U.S. Travel Association Coronavirus Update | 2.28.20

From U.S. Travel Association

On Wednesday, President Trump held a press conference on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The president said that the executive branch considered, but discarded, any additional travel restrictions outside of China at this time. The press conference came on the heels of Tuesday comments by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official that appeared intended to adjust expectations for a COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

ITB Berlin, a travel trade show that was scheduled to take place next week, announced today it would cancel due to coronavirus fears in Germany. U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow immediately issued a statement reacting to the news, and published an article on LinkedIn encouraging travel to and within the United States to continue, pending any deviation in U.S. public health officials’ current guidance.

“Clearly, coronavirus is cause for care and vigilance, and the public should seek and heed the most up-to-date guidance from public health experts and officials,” said Dow in his LinkedIn article. “But at no time has that guidance said to cease travel to and within the U.S. for business and leisure purposes.”

U.S. Travel has been highly engaged with the President’s Coronavirus Task Fore, and remains in regular contact with the CDC, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, State and Homeland Security.

U.S. Travel’s guiding principle has remained the same throughout all these developments: to seek and heed the latest guidance from public health authorities. We will continue to engage with the White House and public health officials, and will update our membership and industry as appropriate.

Please click here to see U.S. Travel’s Emergency Preparedness and Response: COVID-19 toolkit, which includes talking points and guidance for healthy travel practices.