Well, a person can say this about 2020, I didn't see that coming! Needless, to say this has been a strange and so far, a really lousy year from all aspects, not only for travel but for everything. Unless you're an epidemiologist then like most people you didn't know back in December 2019 when that virus was starting how bad it was, how bad it could and would get, and how quickly it would impact our lives in North America. Fast forward 4 months and at the beginning of April 2020, there are over 300,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North America, and the numbers are still growing.
We have now reached the point where the entire news cycle is consumed with COVID-19, As of April 2nd, 2020 over 350 million people on the continent have been told to stay at home and our medical system is barely coping in some areas over the destruction caused by COVID-19. We have received quite a few calls from people asking questions about what is or isn't going to happen this year.
The short answer to virtually every question is we just don't know. Unfortunately, we don't think anyone knows where this is going as of the date of this article's writing. We haven't reached a peak in the infection cycle so nobody knows much until we reach that point.
The best advice we can give people at this point is to stay at home, take the guidance of your local medical authorities and do all the things they have been telling you to do. The only alternative at this point is to wait it out and once things start to get better, and they will get better, then resuming travel to Sunset Country will be on a lot of people's minds.But let's focus on beating back this virus as the first order of business. As a Travel Association, we wanted to publish something about travel to the area this year even though any travel is dependent on decisions made not by us but by the federal Governments in Canada and the US.