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Sioux City travel agency says business has been down amid COVID-19 pandemic

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - One local travel agency in Sioux City said business has been down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the CDC, travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19. With this guideline, many people are opting not to travel during this time.

Mike Berger, the president of a local travel agency in Sioux City, Fanfare Travel, said the company's bookings are down for what they typically expect this time of year. He says the losses are more than half of what they usually see.

"The past several months, we've been doing mostly cancellations instead of bookings. And dealing with monitoring the refunds people have been getting, because it has been slow." said Berger.

The European Union recently announced it will reopen its borders to travelers from some countries, but most Americans will still be refused entry due to the high number of coronavirus cases in the U.S.

Berger said his business hasn't seen an impact due to the European travel ban since it was announced on Tuesday, but he expects it will affect them soon.

He said financially the company has already taken a hit, but they don't want to throw in the towel just yet.

"You know most of us have a passion for travel, and that's why we're in the business. And so I still, I thought about it, because I could retire when I want." said Berger. "I just thought about it and thought 'I don't want to do that. I want to stay in contact with my clientele, and I want to book these things for people'."

Berger said that he has made some bookings this year, but most of them have been for trips planned for 2021.

Leslie London

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