By Don Douloff, April 30, 2009
Travel Industry Hit by Swine Flu
The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has placed its 2,500 members on a global ‘pandemic alert,’ following the outbreak of a new type of swine flu in three Mexican cities and with cases reported in the U.S. and Europe.
The association is urging all members to familiarize themselves with contagion and pandemic awareness plans, conceived during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak.
According to ACTE executive director Susan Gurley, more than half the association’s membership has complete contagion and pandemic plans, while others have regional programmes, designed to work around areas of infection.
ACTE’s alert does not advise cancelling or postponing travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that travel to areas where infection has been reported should include moderate preparation, such as checking for the latest updates to swine-flu advisories.
For further information, refer to the press release.
Business Travel Coalition (BTC) has launched a Swine Influenza Dashboard where, on a one-stop basis, corporate travel managers and other travel industry participants can access in real-time relevant global news and government feeds.
The feeds include ECDC alerts, CDC Tweets and WHO alerts as well as customized news feeds for airlines, airports, hotels, travel agents, employees, preparedness and treatments.
New feeds will be added daily. The Dashboard can be accessed and bookmarked at http://www.netvibes.com/btc#Flu.