Travel industry finds its own woes in swine flu

Although the CDC is keeping its Web site up-to-date with tips for people traveling to swine flu affected areas, it hasn't yet recommended that people avoid...

Although the CDC is keeping its Web site up-to-date with tips for people traveling to swine flu affected areas, it hasn't yet recommended that people avoid travel.

Still, the fact that the government recently declared a public health emergency, coupled with the increasing media attention surrounding the outbreak, means the travel and tourism industries in the US, Mexico, and elsewhere are likely to be affected. The NY Times recently reported that the health commissioner of the European Union urged Europeans to avoid traveling to the US and Mexico except in urgent situations.

Additionally, a number of airlines including US Airways, Continental Airlines, and American Air Lines, are waiving their often-hefty flight change fees for travelers that wish to alter their scheduled flights to Mexico.

Stock prices for a number of airlines are also down, the Associated Press reported.

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