SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- It may come as a surprise, but one travel agent in Springfield said it’s business as usual when it comes to tourism in Hawaii even with the recent Kilauea eruptions.
KEZI spoke with Lauri Quinby with Premier Travel and Cruise on Thursday.
She said the vendors in Hawaii that her agency works with said travelers do not need to change or alter their travel plans. They told her the only area affected is the eastern part of the big island, closest to the volcano. Quinby said most accommodations and activities on the Big Island are running normally, along with flights in and out of the Hawaiian Islands.
Quinby said even with the recent eruptions, none of her clients have cancelled their trips to Hawaii.
She said the recent eruption is a good reminder for travelers to always invest in travel insurance before any trip.
"Whether you're traveling to Hawaii or traveling overseas or if you're traveling within the U.S., always purchase travel insurance,” Quinby said. “It covers Mother Nature, which is a perfect example here, it covers medical emergencies you know to ourselves or our immediate family members... So we always highly recommend it."
Quinby said on average travel insurance is 10 percent of the trip cost. It also varies depending on how old you are and how long you're traveling for.
Although tourism is running smoothly even with the recent eruptions, Quinby still suggests that travelers should continue to monitor the situation.