Does your agency have a wartime contingency plan?

Stephen Abelsohn, Rogue Travel, Ashland, Ore. We are in a very small marketplace in Southern Oregon, where the economy has slowed business. We have seen a slow down in European business, and so has our wholesaler As a policy we don’t have a written process. When it happens we will try to market t


Stephen Abelsohn, Rogue Travel, Ashland, Ore.

We are in a very small marketplace in Southern Oregon, where the economy has slowed business. We have seen a slow down in European business, and so has our wholesaler

As a policy we don’t have a written process. When it happens we will try to market the United States.

We recommend insurance to everyone and make sure that international clients understand any change and cancellation fees.

Jerry Greenberg, Baldwin Travel, Los Angeles

We don’t have a contingency plan, because I’m hoping it doesn’t happen. If it does, it would put a serious dent in travel, to the point that you could pretty well just close up, take an umbrella and go sit on a sandy beach somewhere. People are queasy enough as it is without any more events to deter them from traveling.

We already have a lot of people booked for Christmas ... Hawaii, skiing at Whistler, Tahiti, Mexico and a few to Europe, but not many. At this time of year, Europe is in the off-season, so that wouldn’t be such a big loss.

I’m undertaking a trip to South Africa in December. If you let every little nuance drive you crazy, you might as well just stay in your house.

Terri Maldonado, Cruisegal.com, West Linn, Ore.

I wasn’t in the industry for Desert Storm or any other recent conflict, so I’m not sure how a military attack will change my business.

Instinct tells me travelers will stick closer to home much like they did following 9/11. So, we would focus on homeland destinations, venturing to the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, etc. We’ll work extra hard to stay on top of travel warnings and security issues so clients can get those questions answered.

Bruce Smith, Bruce Smith Travel Services, Salt Lake City, Utah

Currently, I don’t have any contingency plans. However, I have to assume that my clients will be less interested in flying. Thus, I’m going to ponder putting together some quick, fun drive vacations to destinations within five hours.

That’s about it. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

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