On Tuesday, travel and hospitality service providers said the industry was cautious about monitoring the situation that brought about travel restrictions between China and India as a result of the deadly coronavirus in China which affected bookings.
India announced on Sunday that the Chinese and foreigners living in its neighbouring country have temporarily suspended e-visa facilities then published a fresh notice stating that anyone with travel history to China since January 15 should undergo quantization.
“The travel bookings were severely affected because of the outbreak and thus trips to mainland China, Hong Kong have been restricted for days.
“Now the Indian Government is prohibiting all passengers from China from boarding Indian airlines. They are also cancelling visas that are valid for Chinese or foreigners who have visited China in the past weeks, travel between the two nations will almost stall for a long period,” he said.
Air travel between India and China has risen considerably over the past few years due to increased business activity. “We will have a boost in business travel because of the transport restrictions imposed as a result of the epidemic of disease,” said Magow.
“We track trends and work closely together with healthcare and government officials and international airline stakeholders to help us with the best possible advice and assistance in our customers,” says Thomas Cook India MD Madhavan Menon.
It is vital, in such situations “This is for our customers and the industry at large to take sound expert advice based on decisions,” he added.
Earlier on Monday, another patient from the Wuhan University in China confirmed a third novel coronavirus case with a definite diagnosis. Coronavirus outbreak was declared by the Government of Kerala to be a state disaster.