"We Are Stronger Together": G Adventures Founder On Coronavirus
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Bruce Poon Tip
G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip has released a message of reassurance to customers in light of the current COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
"I wanted to reassure our travellers that G Adventures has their health and wellbeing at the heart of all we do. We are constantly monitoring the situation on the ground from our 28 offices around the world, and it’s our job to ensure our travellers have the most up-to-date information to stay safe. If any of our travellers have any questions about their upcoming travel arrangements, we urge them to contact us so we can help in any way we can," he said.
However, Poon Tip pointed out that while the current situation needs to be taken seriously, G Adventures has dealt with similar health crises throughout its 30 years in the tourism business -- from SARS to Zika and Ebola – and the panic around these issues usually subsides once the initial fear dissipates.
Poon Tip said he still "firmly" believes travel is safe.
"As pioneers of community tourism, we believe travel can be the greatest form of wealth distribution the world has seen, and as much as we have a commitment to our travellers, we also have a commitment to the local communities that tourism benefits. This situation has the potential to be damaging for those communities. We hope that our travellers will keep travelling, even if that means changing their destination, or postponing plans," he said.
The G Adventures founder also urged travellers to stand up against racism, xenophobia and division that may be occurring as a result of the virus, which was first detected in Wuhan, China.
"As an Asian myself, I feel this. Recent reports of racism towards Asians as a result of this pandemic are extremely unfortunate. Ignorance is counterproductive to public health and wellness," he said.
"It’s important that we remember we are stronger together. We are living in dangerous times, where people are divided and looking for division. We must come together as a global community. Coronavirus is an issue for humanity — not for individual races or people."
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.