WATCH: Should US Travelers Avoid European Travel This Summer?
Should U.S. travelers avoid traveling to Europe this summer because of the Zika virus outbreak?
TravelPulse founder and CEO Mark Murphy joined FOX Business’ “Cavuto Coast to Coast” to discuss the impact of the mosquito-born virus and how its impacting travel to Europe this summer.
Murphy said that the Zika outbreak combined with the Brussels terrorism attacks have caused an 8-to-10 percent drop in U.S. travel to Europe this summer.
So what do we tell travel customers about the global concerns?
“Life is a crap shoot. We have this influx of refugees and you look at the events of the world today and, as an American, you want to make sure you avoid the large events that are inviting targets potentially,” Murphy said.
He mentioned the Left Bank in Paris as a place that has great value right now.
“What will drive demand back is the opportunity to visit these places and do it on a really great value,” Murphy said.
As for travelling to the Summer Olympics in Brazil, Murphy said the unrest and the Zika concerns are not as troubling to him or other travelers, but in places like Rio, there is a constant theft target on tourists.
“The Zika impact is very minimal, because the odds of being affected are slim to none,” he said.
Check out the full video below.
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