Members of the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association discussed their concerns about the novel coronavirus in a safety briefing earlier today.
As the largest employer on the island, GHRA held the safety briefing to encourage hospitality general managers to educate their employees about the novel coronavirus.
Advisement included encouraging good hygiene such as regularly washing hands and calling the Department of Public Health and Social Services if a guest shows symptoms of having the virus.
Because of tourists from South Korea and Japan being concerned about contracting the disease from going to the airport or riding on the plane, the Guam Visitors Bureau reports that there have been 2,278 flight cancellations as of yesterday.
GVB President Pilar Laguana says that these cancellations have been coming slowly since the Lunar New Year.
“Our impact with the cancellation is mostly coming from Korea than it is from Japan. As of last night, I received no further news of any cancellations from Japan,” Laguana said.
GHRA President Mary Rhodes says that such a reaction from tourists is expected in light of this issue.
“I think it is important to note that any time we deal with an outbreak or concerns regarding that, the public will decide not to travel. We are going to have a negative impact on our arrival numbers and our economy, so we have to keep things into perspective that there are direct and indirect consequences when we deal with these situations,” Rhodes said.