[public-health] TOURISM AND TRAVEL: DESTINATION TOURISM : WEDDINGS : MEDICAL: DISEASES: ZIKA VIRUS: Fear of Zika Virus Is Putting a Damper on Destination Weddings

 

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TOURISM AND TRAVEL: DESTINATION TOURISM :

WEDDINGS :

MEDICAL: DISEASES: ZIKA VIRUS:

Fear of Zika Virus Is Putting a Damper on Destination Weddings

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Fear of Zika Virus Is Putting a Damper on Destination Weddings

By ALISON LEIGH COWAN

JUNE 25, 2016

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/fashion/weddings/
fear-of-zika-virus-is-putting-a-damper-on-destination-weddings.html

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Fear, if not the reality of the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry it, has not only cast its shadow on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, but is upending the carefully laid plans of couples who have long wanted a wedding in an exotic tropical locale.

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Now, no party in paradise can proceed without the host taking precautions against the disease-carrying pests. Conscientious brides-to-be are scrambling to have rooms sprayed with insect repellent before guests arrive, pack extra bug spray in all formulations for guests who may not bring any, circulate newsletters with the latest advisories from government agencies and, if they really wish to set a good example, wear long sleeves and pants.

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And that assumes that the guests, many in their childbearing years, are going to these events at all. Many of the most popular wedding destinations in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean are also where the Zika virus has been most active.

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JoAnn Gregoli, a wedding planner at Elegant Occasions whose sunny demeanor is in sync with her Skype handle of happily divorced, has been dealing with fallout from these outbreaks. Last month, she watched the guest list for one wedding on the Caribbean island of Anguilla melt from 150 to 100 in a matter of weeks. She said that she helped another couple, marrying in Mexico, improvise when a pregnant member of the party was ordered to stay home by her doctor.

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Last week, for another wedding in Mexico, she touched down loaded with bug spray. Theyre an older couple so not as nervous, she said before the wedding, though anyone young is not coming.

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The potential damage is financial as well as physical, and the virus will affect everyone more and more, Ms. Gregoli said.

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Contracts with wedding vendors tend to be ironclad, requiring deposits and payment deadlines. When booking a wedding at a resort, many require guarantees of a certain number of room bookings on top of the ceremony and reception costs.

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Some couples have sought travel and wedding insurance, to guard against the unforeseen. But it unclear how many of these contracts anticipated or will cover the various ways the Zika virus is now impacting couples and their weddings.

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For couples who can handle the vagaries, there is a potential silver lining: bargains. Some of the venues are hurting so bad, they will give you a sweet deal, Ms. Lee said.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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