WebXtra: Travel industry takes a beating

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The travel industry is suffering yet another blow. This time, thanks to the Swine Flu.

"Everybody's very cautious about it where we live at, even in New York," said traveler Gary Sumter.  "People wearing masks... we're being very alert about it."

Travel agents across the country are postponing trips for clients and dealing with a number of questions and calls. But Sharon Howell of Travel Masters in Tyler urges East Texans not to panic or change your summer vacation plans.

"It's not uncommon that when people travel that they come in contact with a flu-like virus, a cold virus... We're not trying to minimize what's going on but we're saying keep it in proper perspective," she said. "For example, the resort areas of Mexico, specifically the Yucatan Peninsula, areas of Cancun, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, those areas have not been impacted and they are quite a distance from Mexico City."

Howell says you can get record low deals too because there is so much hotel and airline space available.

If folks do want to change or postpone their flights, she says airlines are not charging fees right now...as long as it's done within a certain window.

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