A Joint Statement from TFWA and APTRA

Singapore and Paris, 11 February 2020: At a time of great concern for the travel industry, TFWA and APTRA are working closely with their members across retailers, brands, airports, F&B and inflight operators to monitor and evaluate the fast-moving situation caused by the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Both associations are working together to assess the situation as it develops to provide the most valuable support they can offer the industry, especially to businesses in Asia Pacific.

Alain Maingreaud, President of TFWA, said: “Our first thoughts must be with the victims of this outbreak, and with the individuals and companies most affected. All of us at TFWA stand with our colleagues and partners in China and in Asia Pacific, where the impact of the current situation has been felt most keenly. Our friends at APTRA and ourselves are in constant contact to share information on fresh developments and to assess how our industry is being affected.”

Grant Fleming, President APTRA, comments: “The current measures on travel restrictions and recent store closures in some locations are sensible precautions to help limit the spread of the virus and, although they are painful commercially in the short-term, we wholeheartedly support these mitigation strategies for the long-term benefit of the industry. The health and safety of employees and customers is an absolute priority.