Bedbugs scaring off NYC tourists
Published 25/10/2010 | 10:49
New York City's bed bugs have spread from beds and into places like the Empire State Building, Bloomingdale's and the Lincoln Centre.
The outbreak is causing fresh anxiety amongst tourists, and even leading to trips being cancelled, according to officials.
Travellers planning holidays to the Big Apple have said they are worried about staying in hotels and visiting attractions.
Officials in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration are concerned about the effect on the city's image and $30 billion (£19 billion) tourism industry.
Some cases of bed bug sightings in high-profile places are not in public areas, but that has made little difference to nervous visitors.
Several would-be tourists have already cancelled upcoming trips to New York because of bed bug fears, the Associated Press reports.
A Manhattan psychologist said more New Yorkers are also reporting feeling anxious themselves.