PRESS RELEASE: March 3, 2020: Even with the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus COVID-19 that is spreading around parts of the globe, Owner Direct.com hasn't experienced a slowdown in its BC ski resort and summer vacation destination bookings in places like the Okanagan, Vancouver Island and the Shuswap. These destinations appear to be thought as safer and more desolate than crowded high traffic urban areas like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.
According to the World Health Organization, there are currently 88,948 confirmed cases with a majority of them located in China. Health officials have not issued any broad recommendations to the general public about limiting travel at the moment. They advise the public to “Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries.”
At OwnerDirect, we have noticed that bookings to BC ski resorts still remain strong with the record breaking snow reports at many of the resorts. Revelstoke is reporting an historic winter season and Big White is on pace to break snow-fall records as well. “Our resort will have one of the longest ski or snowboard seasons this year in Canada” said Big White vice president Michael Ballinger. With so much snow, the resort has announced it will remain open until the third week of April, a week longer than usual.
Summer vacation rental bookings are also starting to ramp up as families make plans to enjoy the warmer weather and school breaks. Owner Direct is seeing a steady uptake of summer bookings being made with guests choosing more local destinations rather than travelling far distances. This will bode well for vacationers as there will be less vacation cancellations if the Coronavirus does continue to spread.
That said, having the proper travel insurance is always a good idea. As per Global News and their interview with Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist based out of Toronto General Hospital, “The risk of being infected is still relatively low in many countries. It all comes down to keeping a close eye on travel advisories and countries with significant infection numbers”, Bogoch said. The volatility of the situation should be enough to convince any March Break traveller that insurance is vital, he added.
Ultimately, the choice to travel is up to you.
About the Author: Andrea Lamond is the marketing director for Owner Direct Vacation Rentals and an avid traveler. Owner Direct Vacation Rentals started in 1994 and currently represents thousands of vacation rental homes in hundreds of resorts around the world. We are dedicated to helping you find your best choice of holiday accommodations through our high standards of customer service, quick response times and a highly dedicated staff.
Andrea Lamond, Marketing Director
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