WHO及PATA強烈呼籲

SARS蔓延時 人們應該繼續旅行

 

People Should Be Travelling

 亞太旅遊協會(PATA)會長兼執行長狄揚(Peter de Jong)在曼谷參與世界衛生組織(WHO)執行長海曼博士(Dr. David Heymann)對東南亞國協(ASEAN)的領袖以及中國大陸、香港代表們所發表的SARS相關說明會後,對PATA的所有會員發出SARS蔓延時期重要的旅遊訊息,強調人們應該繼續旅行。

 在當前SARS肆虐,並且嚴重影響我們觀光產業的此時此刻,PATA執行長狄揚覺得WHO執行長海曼博士的話語值得觀光旅遊業深思,他引用海曼博士的話說:「SARS的病毒並不能阻止人們旅行,WHO的責任是告知全球大眾有關SARS病情在亞太地區的蔓延,沒想到卻不幸造成這個地區的人民停止互訪、旅行;而且別區的遊客也裹足不前來此區域觀光。」

 Dr. Heymann said, in effect, there was nothing about the SARS virus that should prevent people from travelling. He was concerned that the WHO's efforts to keep the public informed about the spread of the virus had had the unfortunate effect of discouraging travel to, from and through our region.

 WHO執行長海曼博士很遺憾大眾們認為旅行者是曝露於不必要的SARS病毒的危害威脅下,「我們要觀光客瞭解,如果大家拼命猜測,作許多不必要、非實際的懷疑,我們所負擔的風險更大。」

 Dr. Heymann regretted the public perception that travellers were exposed to undue risks of contracting SARS. He said: "We want tourists to understand risk is greater, as they perceive it, than it actually is."

 海曼博士對傳播媒體說:「我們明白旅遊業正在蒙受傷害與損失,我們希望能給予大家正確的危機觀點,既然目前疫情發展已經取得適當的監控與有效的地區防疫措施,人們無法像以往一樣自由大量的旅行是沒有道理的。」

 "We realise that the travel industry is hurting and we want to help get the risk perception right. Now that effective monitoring and exit screening is in place, there is no good reason why people shouldn't be travelling in the same numbers as previously."

 更重要的是,WHO執行長海曼博士強調,旅行絕對不是促成SARS蔓延的擴散劑,而是人們心中對病毒的恐慌,尤其是大家自作聰明,將WHO所提供的訊息加油添醋地描繪,或是捕風捉影的推測,使得觀光旅遊產業備受批評,導致世界最和平的產業遭逢重創。

 Importantly, Dr. Heymann confirmed that the travel experience was NOT a contributor to the spread of SARS. He emphasised that the public perception of this virus, which has caused a serious downturn in travel and tourism, was based upon an inaccurate interpretation of information that had been provided by the WHO to governments and the public.

 PATA狄揚執行長對所有亞太旅遊協會會員提出鄭重的呼籲,旅遊業界要運用WHO所提供的確切訊息,堅定信心支持旅遊產業,並且大家互相打氣,傳播正確的訊息。
目前亞太的SARS疫情已經得到相當的控制與改善,越南、新加坡已經由「旅遊危險」警訊國除名,加拿大也於4月30日自WHO「旅遊危險」警訊國除名,香港情形也有好轉,中國大陸(台灣也是)目前正在全面抗SARS中。

 WHO執行長海曼博士說:「SARS對經濟層面有十分不必要的負面影響,原因就是來自人們對SARS所產生的莫名恐懼。大眾必須要有更理性的判斷力。」

 PATA狄揚執行長對自SARS蔓延以來,觀光旅遊業所背負的傳染「污名」終於能在WHO負責的態度及解說中得到洗刷而感到欣慰,同時他也再三強調旅行者不應該背負莫須有罪名,也勿需恐懼出外旅行。只要在旅行前多善加準備,我們可以跟過去一樣輕鬆去旅行。

 For too long the public perception has been that travellers and the travel industry were the culprits and conduits responsible for the transmission of SARS. I am relieved to learn that our industry is not to blame, nor should our customers be penalised or discouraged. Travel is as safe today as it was several months ago.

亞太旅遊協會官方網站: http://www.pata.org/

世界衛生組織網站SARS最新消息 http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/

 

 

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