JAMAICA (AFP) – For the first day of the Caribbean’s Caribbean tourism season, Maryland Tourism welcomed thousands of visitors to its resort island, but there were plenty of cautionary tales to be had in the process.
As the weekend began on Thursday, the tourist industry was hit with a surge in demand for the holiday destination amid concerns over the Zika virus.
But, as it turned out, the weekend was far from the first to see a surge of visitors.
On Friday, the US Department of Health warned of an “unprecedented surge” of visitors, with some in the Caribbean saying they were “fearful” of the virus.
On Saturday, the tourism industry had its worst weekend since the start of the season in the United States.
There were more than 1.5 million arrivals to the island since late November, and by early Monday there were 2,700 people who had visited the island.
Maryland Tourism said the surge was partly due to an “overwhelming surge in travel”, but added it was not surprised by the surge in the tourism sector.
“It is absolutely clear that the tourist sector is very busy and we are seeing a lot of that in the last two weeks,” it said in a statement.
“Tourism is a big part of the economy, and the economic impact of the Zika outbreak is very, very serious.”
We are seeing an increase in tourists, especially with the World Cup being played here and the Olympics being held here in the summer months.
“Maryland’s tourism industry has been under pressure since late October, when officials announced they were closing the tourist office on the island to prevent people from arriving to be infected with the virus in the US.
The state is also facing a backlog of thousands of visas needed for those seeking to visit the Caribbean island.
As a result, thousands of foreign tourists have been returning home, and many are staying at the resorts of the island’s main cities.
On Sunday, the governor of the US Virgin Islands, Kenneth Mapp, told reporters that the island had “more than 1,000 confirmed Zika cases”.
Mapp, who also serves as US President Donald Trump’s travel chief, said there was “an epidemic” of “infectious” travelers heading to the US from the Caribbean.”
They’re coming back from Brazil, Brazil, Spain, Brazil. “
We’ve had a surge that is going to continue, we’re going to see it.”
They’re coming back from Brazil, Brazil, Spain, Brazil.
They’re coming from the Philippines, they’re coming to the United Kingdom, from Argentina.
They are coming from all over the world.
“Mapp said the US had received a “tremendous” number of calls from American tourists who were concerned about their safety.”
They’ve also told me that they’ve heard that Zika is spreading in their country. “
I’ve had people tell me, ‘I’m worried about the Zika, the Zika is in my country, I can’t go home’.”
They’ve also told me that they’ve heard that Zika is spreading in their country.
It’s something that they want to get out of the way.
“Marylands Tourism chief executive Tony O’Donnell said there were “a lot of people who are really concerned about this outbreak” and he urged tourists to get checked.”
I want to reassure everybody that we’re very, not complacent,” he added.”
The US has a very, strict quarantine.
We have a very strict process that we follow.
We don’t allow travel, we don’t let people in and out, we monitor people in quarantine for the next 24 hours, then we have a full quarantine of three days and that’s it.
We do not allow anyone in and we don.
We’ve got a very high degree of security and it’s not a threat to anybody.
“There’s a lot more people than we thought, because of the fact that we’ve had so many people from Brazil come here to be here.”
The US is a leading exporter of foreign tourist arrivals to Latin America, but tourism is not the only sector suffering from the strain of the crisis.
On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the country was “in the middle of the worst recession in our country’s history”.
On Friday afternoon, the UK economy shrunk by 0.4 per cent, the second straight week of contraction.
In June, the country had a 2.7 per cent contraction.
Last week, the British economy contracted by 0,5 per cent and was still recovering from the 2008 global financial crisis.
“Our economy is growing, our trade is growing,” May said.
“However, we are experiencing a very severe economic downturn.
We are facing the highest unemployment in the history of the UK, and this is the worst we’ve seen since the financial crisis.”
In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said the UK had not yet received a report from the US that said the Zika crisis had affected its