African Economies getting Hit from Ebola Outbreak

African Economies getting Hit from Ebola Outbreak

African economies are struggling because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The tourism industry is getting the hit as tourists are wary of traveling to Africa. African government is worried because of the potential loses the outbreak of Ebola poses to the economy, and is trying the best to ensure prevention from the virus.

Government tourist boards and trade associations are trying to convince tourists that there is no serious threat of the Ebola virus, but operators are still receiving phone calls about fewer bookings and abrupt cancellations.

One Thai insurance company has cancelled a trip to Cape Town after it booked the trip of 1,500 people, said Barry Hurter, the chief executive of South Africa's ERM Tours.

Mr. Hurter said he assured the insurance company that there is no risk of Ebola in South Africa and Cape Town is located far away from South Africa, but the company still insisted to cancel the trip as they believed whole Africa is being struck by Ebola.

Kenya made an announcement to not allow anyone from Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia to enter the country from Tuesday onwards, barring Kenyan citizens and health workers who are making efforts to deal with the virus.

According to the figures of the World Health Organization, 2,240 people have been infected by the virus since the outbreak started. Of them, 1,229 people have succumbed to the infection.

"Nonaffected countries need to strengthen the capacity to detect and immediately contain new cases, while avoiding measures that will create unnecessary interference with international travel or trade", the WHO said recently.

Justin Grammaticas, the marketing director of Governor's Camp safari lodges in Kenya and Rwanda, said some clients have heaved a sigh of relief after a ban has been imposed on travelers from Ebola-affected countries.


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