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Its Currency Selling at Unprecedented Low Levels, Its Drug-Related Violence Subdued, Mexico is Positioned to Enjoy Heavy American Tourism this Coming Winter

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/30/2016, 10:15 PM

There no longer seems any doubt that the Zika scare has wrought havoc with tourism to Florida. In a study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, advance air bookings for the coming winter to the entire state of Florida are down by 15 percent.  And bookings for specific resort cities in Florida are down by a devastating 29 percent to Miami, 32 percent to Tampa, and 15 percent to Palm Beach.  ...

Depending on Whether Authorities Have Reduced the Threat of Zika, Florida Might Otherwise be an Unusually Favorable Destination for Your Winter Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:15 PM

Florida is feeling wild this year. No state has had worse recent luck than Florida in attracting tourism, and that might create better conditions for your own trip there. First you had the terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Then you had Hurricane Hermine. In between was the devastating announcement that Zika infections had been discovered in the Wynwood Arts D...

Government Softens Miami Zika Warning

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2016, 4:00 AM

Crediting the effectiveness of aerial pesticide spraying, U.S. health officials are no longer advising pregnant women to stay out of Miami's Wynwood arts district due to an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus there. No new cases of Zika have been reported in Wynwood since early August, and Florida officials announced on Monday that the area is no longer an active infection zone. ...

Here are Four Important Travel Questions and the Answers to Them Supplied by Noted Travel Writers

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/20/2016, 6:00 PM

In Iceland, the rush is on      Why is Iceland booming? (Booming, that is, in incoming tourism.) Though the figures aren't official, estimates of the growth in its visitors this year are well over 100%. Why?          According to a commentator in an important travel trade magazine, it's partly because new Icelandair flights there have been added from Chicago, and Chicagoans ar...

Zika Update: U.S. Issues Singapore Travel Advisory

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/07/2016, 4:00 AM

Though the largest outbreaks of Zika have been in Latin American and Caribbean countries, there have also been cases of the virus, which can be transmitted by mosquitos, reported in parts of Southeast Asia. Until recently, however, those have been isolated instances. That changed last week, when confirmed cases of Zika in the city-state of Singapore rose to 82. In response, the Centers...

Orlando Theme Parks Dispensing Free Insect Repellent to Ease Zika Fears

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2016, 4:00 AM

Visitors to Orlando's major theme parks are now being offered free insect repellent as fears of the mosquito-borne Zika virus continue to grow in Florida. You can get complimentary mosquito spray and lotion at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando as of this week—even though no cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika have been reported in Central Florida and even tho...

Of the Many Popular Tourist Destinations, Only a Tiny Handful Deserve to be Regarded as So Possibly Unsafe as to Warrant Your Avoiding Them

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2016, 6:15 PM

One of the oddities in financial matters is that a large number of successful Wall Street types make their money by betting on those stocks whose prospects are bad.  After all, the stock market can go down as well as up, and by successfully "shorting" the disappointing stocks, you can frequently do as well as those people who always look for the stocks that go up in value.   A similar ...

CDC Issues Unprecedented Travel Warning for Miami

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2016, 12:00 PM

For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel warning for a location in the United States. Following an outbreak of 14 confirmed cases of Zika virus in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, the CDC recommends that pregnant women not travel to the affected area. Those who have been to Wynwood any time since June 15 are advised to speak to the...

Study: Zika Outbreak Will Be Over in Three Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2016, 11:30 AM

The Zika outbreak currently taking place in Central and South America has probably peaked and will be more or less over in about three years, says a new study published in the journal Science. People who are infected with the mosquito-borne virus appear to become immune to getting it a second time, leaving fewer and fewer at risk for infection. Eventually this "herd immunity" makes outbreaks i...

Travelers to Dominican Republic Lead Positive Zika Tests in NYC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 12:15 PM

According to data from New York City's health department, more than half of residents who have tested positive for the Zika virus had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic. Recent visitors to Puerto Rico were a distant second. The mosquito-borne illness results in mild symptoms or none at all for most who contract it, but Zika poses a special risk for pregnant women because it can result...

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