Coronavirus keeping travel agents busy as travelers cancel flights

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 06:35:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — With the rising concerns surrounding coronavirus, travelers are canceling their trips left and right.

It's been keeping travel agent Alan Whitt busy to say the least. Whitt owns Allure Quest Travel Experience.

"It's been really, really tough on me and other travel agents," Whitt said, "I've been spending a lot of the day talking people off the ledge on whether they should go or not."

Whitt says he has clients going on trips as far out as September and looking to cancel. With so many questions surrounding the virus up in the air...its hard to predict where we'll be in a few months.

"Anything that is a mystery is scary and this is a mystery don't know how it will play out," said Whitt.

While the CDC recommends people not travel to China, Iran, South Korea and most of Europe.

Whitt is encouraging clients to get "cancel for any reason" travel insurance if they do book a flight.

"Too many things are going on and you need to be prepared in case you can't go on a trip," Whitt explains, "you don't want to lose the money, trips are expensive."

He has also noticed some younger folks taking advantage of cheap flights. His warning to those travelers, if you go, you might not be able to get the full experience.

"If you're young and healthy, you stand a better chance to go someplace, however, as you can tell with like here in Nashville, a lot of places are shutting down so it'll be like going on the off season," Whitt said.

Whether you're traveling locally or internationally, make sure to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands and practice social distancing.