At least 61 people onboard a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus; Hong Kong Airlines will cut 10% of its workforce.
Formula One's Shanghai Grand Prix is in jeopardy amid growing fears over the coronavirus; Tokyo Olympic organizers worried the virus outbreak could "pour cold water" on the upcoming games.
Hong Kong will quarantine tourist arrivals from mainland China; at least two Asian airlines have asked their staff to take unpaid leave.
Indonesia decided on imposing China travel ban to prevent virus from spreading; Macao casinos to close for 2 weeks.
Some 271 hotels in Wuhan and 47 hotels in nearby areas have so far provided 6,056 medical workers with over 40,000 room nights of free accommodation.
The toll on travel and hospitality could be worse than during the SARS epidemic when Chinese travelers were a smaller group than they are today.
Airlines and major hotel chains are waiving cancellation fees, but recouping all the costs associated with trips canceled due to coronavirus fears is far from guaranteed.
The outbreak will hit Asia Pacific economies, particularly in retail, restaurants, conferences, sporting events, tourism and commercial aviation.
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