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Swine Flu Changes Travel Plans Worldwide

Travel providers are waiving change and/or cancellation fees for travel to Mexico during swine flu epidemic.

Vancouver, WA, May 02, 2009 --( The swine flu epidemic is causing changes to travel plans worldwide, some travelers choosing alternate destinations, others cancelling all together.

The last major health-related disruption of travel occurred during the 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, outbreak, which killed hundreds of people around the world. Swine flu has the potential to be just as terrible. Concerned travelers can find help with travel changes at

U.S Commerce Department data shows about 5.9 million U.S. citizens flew to Mexico in 2008. Recent crime and now the swine flu outbreak are hurting those numbers and will continue to affect travel to Mexico.

“We just didn’t want to get there and have the restaurants closed and the resort half empty,” said Jeff Stumbo of San Diego, who, with three friends, called off an annual guys’ getaway to go biking and snorkeling in Playa del Carmen.

“The Dominican Republic, Barbados and Jamaica have very similar climates to Mexico and seem to be popular alternate destinations.” Says Cindy Hughes, a known travel expert and founder of

U.S. “Consumers are thinking about what the feeder markets to Mexico are, where there has been travel to and from Mexico,” says Bjorn Hanson, professor at New York University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.

Many hotels and resorts with multiple facilities are offering no fee changes.
Travelocity, one of the biggest online travel websites is waiving change fees for customers traveling to Mexico and expects to continue doing so as long as the CDC is advising to avoid non-essential travel.

“I recommend you contact the agent you purchased your tickets from to get their exact change or cancellation policy," says Cindy Hughes, a known travel expert with 20+ years in the industry and founder of

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