ORLANDO, Fla. — The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is impacting some local agencies that rely on tourists for their livelihoods.

What You Need To Know

  •  Travel agencies say the current surge in COVID-19 cases is hurting their bottom line
  •  Luis Cruz, with Windermere Travel, says calls have dropped of significantly in the past month
  • The CDC sent out a warning Wednesday, advising unvaccinated people not to travel over the Labor Day holiday

Luis Cruz, the branch manager at Windermere Travel, said while the majority of their work involves international plans, about 20% of the business at their luxury travel agency comes from people out-of-state wanting to visit the theme parks in Central Florida.

“That’s basically something that has never changed,” he said. “However, for the last month or so those calls stopped.”

The pandemic is impacting their business, and he thinks the delta variant has a role.

“It seems as though perhaps the new variant has done something in regards to people making their decision on who comes to the south,” Cruz said.

Ahead of the Labor Day holiday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out a warning Wednesday to unvaccinated Americans advising them against traveling.

Cruz says they generally do see a decrease in business as kids start school again, but he is banking on people planning on traveling soon.

“We have people that ask us where can I go that I don’t have to be vaccinated,” Cruz said. “There’s a city in a country for everyone, so whether you are vaccinated or not, there’s a place for you and then we will do that work for you.”

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