- Covid-19 is spreading around the world, and this is suppressing the travel industry.
- Hotel and cruise stocks are leading the wider market into correction with massive declines.
- It could be years before the sector recovers – especially if Covid-19 becomes endemic in east Asia.
The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak makes me think twice about leaving my house, let alone going on a big trip. And it looks like I’m not alone.
Hotel and travel stocks are plunging as news of quarantines, mass evacuations and infected cruise ships of doom make travelers reconsider going on vacation in this middle of a global pandemic.
With Covid-19’s unprecedented size and severity, it could take years for the sector to recover.
Shares in Marriot (NASDAQ: MAR) helped lead the S&P 500 to a negative close on Tuesday with a massive 7% drop. The Maryland-based hospitality giant is joined by others in the travel industry with Hilton and Hyatt both down 3.2%.
Cruise companies and airlines also take beating as new cases of Covid-19 spread across the globe.
Coronavirus is No Longer Confined to China
Although Covid-19 started in central China, it’s supposedly spreading much faster in the rest of the world. The epidemic has grown to infect 92,872 people with 3,168 fatalities. And as major hot spots erupt in Italy, Iran and South Korea, global travel is slowing to a crawl.
The virus has had a massive impact on the market as a whole with the Dow dipping into correction territory amid a massive sell-off.