WTTC calls for UK quarantine clarity

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The WTTC has called for clarity on the UK’s quarantine plan, describing it as “essential” for planning.

Leaks from the UK government have suggested that a series of air bridges to other countries will be announced on Monday.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC president & CEO, said:  “The UK’s Travel & Tourism sector will no doubt welcome the UK government’s announcement on the re-opening of hotels, pubs, restaurants and attractions from July 4, as the lockdown measures ease across England. It will help drive the recovery of a crucial sector which is worth almost £200bn or 9% of the UK’s total economy.

“But while this may help domestic Travel & Tourism to recover, it does nothing to bring greater clarity for when travellers and holidaymakers can start venturing abroad or when international travellers can arrive into the UK on air bridges or travel corridors without having to be quarantined for 14 days.

“WTTC believes the recovery of the wider Travel & Tourism sector desperately needs a clear timeline for when overseas travel can resume. It is essential that airlines, tour operators and ferry companies, among others, can prepare their businesses to welcome back holidaymakers who also need to be able to plan and book their getaways.”