COVID-19 Update (March 23, 2021):
As human beings, we crave freedom, exploration, the ability to see new sights, meet new people, and experience things that have been on our bucket list for a long time. The demand has been building for over a year now but exactly how we will travel and what travel will look like in the very near future, is still to be shaped. No matter what form it takes, we are here for you and we will provide you with moments and memories that will last a lifetime.
We understand that you may continue to have several questions about how traveling with us is being affected by COVID-19. We continue monitor the situation on a daily basis and wait for news as to when we can start traveling (“normally”) again. In the meantime, we wanted to give you an update and encourage you.
We are very thankful to have entered the travel shutdown in a healthy place financially. God has blessed us so that our parent company, Executive Travel, is both debt-free and financially stable to weather challenging times like these. We continue to be able to operate our company in full and while grateful, we trust we will come out on the other side of this storm healthy and excited to serve you as Executive Travel has done for over 35 years.
We also want to assure you that our travelers’ safety and health is our top priority.
To date, Women of the Midwest has been forced to postpone several journeys due to COVID-19. Women who purchased travel insurance before COVID-19 was a named event, can read more here. Most women impacted by this situation have been incredibly generous in their understanding and patience while we are making a staggering number of decisions in accordance with governmental-issued regulations for travel to protect both the health and the financial investment of our travelers.
It is important to note that there is a difference between an individual journey and traveling on a custom-tailored group journey. Since early March 2020, when we began to see indications that journeys might be impacted, we started reaching out to all of our suppliers. Many of them had received payment months in advance to guarantee the hotels, services, activities, etc. promised in our itineraries. We have been forced to postpone several journeys and invoke the Force Majeure clause of our policies. In short, Force Majeure is a legal term that states no one is liable/at fault when “superior forces” (i.e. unknowable events at the time of entering into a contractual agreement) make it impossible for the contractual commitments to be fulfilled.
While Women of the Midwest may be released from our contractual obligations through no fault of the company, it does not release us from our commitment to advocate on the behalf of all the travelers impacted by a cancelation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are actively pursuing any and all remedies that may be available for every journey impacted.
Given that the entire travel industry continues operating in crisis mode, and in light of all the information circulating on the Internet, through the press, and many other channels of which some could be misleading or confusing, we will make a final decision 30 days prior to any set departure date, of what will be done. It is impossible for us to predict the lengths of governmental-issued travel bans, quarantine regulations, or any other travel-related restrictions earlier than 30 days prior to a departure. We will not speculate, but once we have a complete picture of what options may be available, we will notify all impacted travelers.
Our hope is that the vaccine will bring stability to the travel industry. We live in hope, not in fear. We will travel very soon again!
We wish for everyone to be safe and healthy!