OVERSEAS holidays are being cancelled by some Central West residents while others are still choosing to go away amid coronavirus fears, travel agents say.
The spread of COVID-19 is having a global impact with 111,000 people testing positive and more than 3800 have died.
Travellers are being affected, with Italy in lockdown and Ireland cancelling its St Patrick's Day parades in an effort to control spread of the disease.
We Know Travel owner Kerin Stonestreet said while she has had no domestic cancellations, she has had 25 major international trips cancelled by clients during the past week.
The travel agency chain, with stores in Orange and Dubbo, has assisted many customers with planned domestic and international trips who are worried about the spread of coronavirus.
"They just don't want to go to airports and be with a lot of other people," she said.
"A few have cancelled completely, while others have postponed.
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"Last week it just exploded and every day it's just been a different scene and people are nervous."
Ms Stonestreet said it was an extremely difficult time for travellers and the industry.
"There's been a major downturn on air travel and Asia is the main focus for capacity cuts by airlines," she said.
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In her 23 years of working in the travel industry, Ms Stonestreet said she cannot remember a time that has been so difficult for workers and the travelling public.
"I thought the GFC [global financial crisis] was a tough one to get through, but we came through that and then we've got this drought and then we got a bit of rain and then this [coronavirus] hit," she said.
In Bathurst, Panorama Cruise and Travel director Caroline Sage said a number of corporate travellers had cancelled their domestic trips due to fear of coronavirus.
"Older people with lung conditions are the ones who are postponing international travel," she said.
"Tour operators have cancelled tours in China because of travel bans, but they'll give credit for a later date."
Ms Sage said conditions and travel restrictions are changing quickly.
"We're doing our best to help our clients," she said.
"Many countries are now reporting cases, many are introducing new entry restrictions. These are changing often and quickly," the Smartraveller website states.
"Disruptions to cruise ship itineraries due to COVID-19 can have significant consequences for Australian travellers.
"We advise you to reconsider taking an overseas cruise at this time - particularly if you have underlying health concerns."
Stay up-to-date with Smartraveller's latest travel information here.
Does travel insurance cover you for coronavirus?
Not all travel insurance companies are the same when it comes to travellers cancelling or postponing their trips due to coronavirus, Ms Sage said
"Insurance doesn't cover if you choose to postpone or cancel, but they'll cover you if you become ill while overseas, but that's just with Cover-More," she said.
"There's also no cover for additional accommodation of for changing of airfares."
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While Ms Stonestreet said travel insurance doesn't cover people who get sick due to an epidemic or pandemic.
"What it means is if you go to New Zealand and pick up coronavirus you have no cover for medical [treatment] to do with coronavirus," she said.