How many MICE businesses have a complete travel ban in place?

Nearly 2,000 MICE professionals reveal whether their company has banned business travel in part three of C&IT's Impact of Coronavirus Report.

Some 77% of the businesses responding to the C&IT Impact of Coronavirus Report say they have a complete or partial travel ban in place, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Almost 2,000 event planners were asked in a survey whether the company they work for had implemented any travel bans due to coronavirus.

‘Yes a complete ban’ was the answer given by 42%, while 35% said ‘Yes, all but essential travel’, 17% said ‘No’ and 5% said ‘Yes, approved destinations only’.

Has your company implemented a travel ban?

In the US and North America, 48% had a total ban, 28% allowed essential travel, 4% travel to approved destinations only, and 20% had no ban.

While in APAC and Asia, 58% had a total ban, 24% allowed essential travel, 10% approved destinations only, and 9% had no ban.

In the UK, 41% had a total ban, 40% allowed essential travel, 2% approved destinations only, and 17% had no ban.

The severe impact of the coronavirus outbreak on international travel has included disruptions to flights and other types of transport, as well as lockdowns and restrictions to movement, with little to no warning.

Travellers from affected countries could face mandatory quarantine at their destination, so it is best to reconfirm itineraries before departure and follow travel alerts and advisories closely.

The C&IT survey data was also broken down into corporates, events companies, hotels, venues, destinations and suppliers.

For several months, risk intelligence company Riskline said anyone travelling should make sure they are in good health, exercise good hygiene practices and be prepared for unexpected disruptions to their travel plans.

Riskline says that, while travelling to any destination and for up to 14 days after returning, people should monitor themselves for any flu-like symptoms - especially fever or shortness of breath. If there are any symptoms, self-isolate and contact a doctor or local authorities.

C&IT will be revealing more findings from our global ‘The Impact of Coronavirus Report’ over the coming days.

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