An empty path in Zell am See is seen in Austria.
The Austrian village of Sankt Corona am Wechsel may need to rethink its tourism campaign, its mayor said Monday after the new coronavirus pandemic has drawn some unwanted attention.
"At first we smiled to see a virus named like the village appear, but jokes have stopped since the epidemic became so serious," said mayor Michael Gruber.
Ecotourism is the main source of revenue for the village of some 400 people lying some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Vienna at the foot of the Alps.
"We'll probably have to find a new name for... our mascot to welcome tourists," Gruber told a section of the media.
The mascot, named "Corona", is an ant sporting traditional garb, featured on pamphlets and other information for tourists.
Attractions in the village named after the Catholic saint Corona include summer sledding and mountain biking.
Austria has recorded more than 3,900 cases of the new coronavirus so far, with 21 deaths.
The country of some nine million people has passed strict measures to limit movements to fight the spread of the virus.
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Yet in the near future, at least, tourism is likely to be more modest. First of all, many more trips will be done by car to nearby places, as flying still will seem like a risky endeavor.
The Austrian capital Vienna has retained its ranking as the world's most liveable city, according to an annual report from the Economist.
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The actress added: "We've had a lovely time. We really hope to do something to make people enjoy it.
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