Switzerland’s government on Friday banned all public and
private events involving more than 1,000 people in a bid to stem the spread of
The ban will run until March 15, necessitating the
cancellation of the Geneva International Motor Show, which was scheduled to begin
March 5 and was expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees.
The ban comes as governments in jurisdictions around the
globe scramble to halt the spread of the virus, which originated in China and
has thus far infected more than 82,000 people worldwide, killing more than
2,700. While initially affecting mainly travel to and from China, the virus’
spread to other parts of the world could lead to further restrictions.
this week reported industry first-quarter GDS bookings to
date have dropped in the “mid-teen” percentages as a result of the coronavirus.
Source: Business Travel News