Julia Simpson says it is time for the CDC to singling out the cruise industry.
Speaking at a trade fair in Spain, the President of the World Tourist and Trade Council did not hold back when addressing the decision of the CDC to raise the cruise industry to its highest warning level.
Julia Simpson bluntly told the group, "While we welcome the expiration of the CDC's conditional sail order, its decision to continue elevated travel health notices is nonsensical. The cruise industry has proven time and again that its enhanced health and safety protocols consistently achieve significantly lower rates of COVID-19 occurrence than onshore."
Simpson then made it clear that WTTC thinks enough is enough when it comes to the CDC's involvement in the cruise industry, "WTTC calls upon the CDC to stop singling out the cruise industry with harmful and unnecessary measures," she said. "Cruise lines have an excellent record for health and safety, and cruising continues to offer extraordinary travel experiences."
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