Local travel agencies busy with cancellations
With leaders all over the world pushing people to stay at home, many travel agencies have been busy canceling trips. Phyllis Reppen of Far Horizons Travel Agency in Panama City is unsure of what the future holds for those in the travel industry.
"Companies that are not well-funded, I'm sure, that a number of them will go bankrupt, but people will travel in the future, as soon as they feel more comfortable about it," said Reppen.
With all of the cancellations, Reppen has run into some obstacles as she handles her clients' sudden changes.
"Because every company has a different policy, so it is very frustrating, and they can change it from one week to the next."
Reppen has been in the travel business for more than 50 years. She has some tips for those who already have flights booked and want to make changes.
"I would suggest waiting. The airlines cancel the flights, then you get all your money back, but right now they are offering a cancel for future dates without penalty, but a credit, that means you don't get it back, but you get to use it for a future trip, but you must book it by a particular date."
She also suggests that those who still have the desire to travel, should plan on looking as soon as they project it to be safe. She believes the travel deals will be better than ever, and long-time client Del Linge plans on taking full advantage.
"We've been around a while, and we've been to a lot of the world, but there is still a lot of world that we haven't seen. This is when we were planning on seeing all of that, and we will continue once this is all over with, and we are optimistic that it will be," said Linge.