Thursday, April 30, 2009

Puerto Rico Tourism Up as More Travel Agencies Re-Book Mexico Trips to Jamaica and Puerto Rico

The outbreak of swine flu across Mexico, the U.S. and many countries around the globe has had one positive twist - more and more travel agencies are canceling their Mexico travel arrangements for clients and re-booking them to Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

One travel agency, Apple Vacation, has nearly half of their tourism business booked to Mexico this year - however in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory against non-essential travel to Mexico, the tour operator joins a long list of agencies that have responded to the precautionary measures. So, Apple, along with many other agencies, is canceling travel plans to Mexico and creating fun vacation jaunts in equally exotic locations of Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

Several cruise lines, including Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival and Princess, have also pulled their ships from five Mexican ports, namely, Alcapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Ensenada and Mazatlan, a report from cruisecal.com said. Yesterday, some 14 calls were cancelled.

It said, however, the region was taking a proactive effort related to this virus, stating that member countries have already begun adopting measures for greater surveillance to prevent the virus from spreading to the regions where tourists are being diverted.

A few flu prevention measures that are being adopted globally:
  • Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, sneezing into the crook of your elbow will help lessen the spread of germs.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
You don't have to cancel your travel plans for this spring/summer vacation season - just do a little research on the areas in Puerto Rico you'd like to visit and take precautions against illness and you should have a marvelous time!

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