The President and Executive Committee of FEG
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Since January and the first news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China, the whole world is constantly reporting, discussing and reading about the epidemic.
The virus is impacting all sectors, from higher education to retail, from hospitality to transportation and has particularly affected travel and tourism. Public safety concerns and travel restrictions, cancellations of high profile tourism events and cruise boat quarantines have seen a drop in movement of travellers. The full effects of the spread of the virus in the tourism market will not become apparent for months to come and are expected to continue in the next year.
Source: World Health Organisation, https://www.who.int/images/default-source/health-topics/coronavirus/social-media-squares/blue-3.png
Tourist Guides are at the forefront of the situation as they deal with a high volume of visitors from all around the world. They are also particularly vulnerable to tourist market fluctuations and cancellations are expected to affect incomes.
We understand that tourist guides are very anxious about their health, their clients’ health and the impact of the virus on their livelihood. For this reason we urge our members to follow some simple instructions:
To protect your health and others:
To protect your job:
Olga Miquel, Portuguese tourist guide in action, © FEG/ SNATTI
The European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) is monitoring the situation and follows developments in the market closely. FEG, in conjunction with other Tourism Manifesto stakeholders, has released a press release urging the European Union and national governments to consider the implications of the virus and to support tourism. We are also being updated by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation on developments.
It will undoubtedly be a challenging year for all. However, with a measured response, good sense and professionalism, which always characterises tourist guides, we can be sure to come over the other side.
For more information on how to deal with the virus and for other helpful advice visit the website for the World Health Organisation. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public