Association calls for clarity now that quarantine is in place
ABTA has called on the government to outline its plans for restarting international travel, following on from the introduction of a 14-day quarantine period for the majority of arrivals into the country.
Mark Tanzer, the association’s chief executive, took part in an industry roundtable hosted by the home secretary last week.
In a letter to Priti Patel, Tanzer reiterated the impact that quarantine will have on customer demand for holidays and business trips. He also highlighted the impacts the measures will have on the UK economy beyond transport and tourism.
ABTA also called on the government to indicate its criteria for transitioning away from current Foreign Office advice against non-essential travel. Travel corridors also need to be investigated and, if viable, implemented.
The ABTA boss said: “We must restart international travel as soon as it is safe to do so, and businesses and customers would benefit from the government outlining when this is likely to happen. There are many livelihoods at stake, and bookings will only start to pick-up in earnest when people and businesses have a better idea as to what the government’s plan is to open up the UK and access to international destinations. This is going to take a coordinated approach, and ABTA will continue to do whatever it takes to assist with this process on behalf of travel agents and tour operators across the UK who are desperate for a clearer direction for travel.
“Of course, safety must absolutely come first, which is why the Government also needs to set out clearly the relevant scientific advice and epidemiological factors informing decisions, including the quarantining policy before its review in three weeks.”
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