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We take a look at the travel trade news from this week.


Travel Trade Round-Up

It’s been an undeniably tough few months for travel and with both demand and supply coming to a complete standstill, it’s sometimes difficult to see how we will quickly rebuild an industry that contributes so much to not only our own economy, but that of every country we visit.

The introduction of the quarantine rules for anyone entering the UK this week have been contentious (to say the least) and pitched our industry at odds with the government. With no clear timelines, planning for recovery is made that much more difficult. Despite all of this however, the resilience of the British traveller still shines through, their desire and hunger for travel seems to know no bounds. So the demand is there, we have to try to sit tight, wait this out for a little bit longer, continue to fight to protect our businesses and show the same resilience as the British public.

To begin this week’s trade press round-up, we’d like to share Justin Francis’ powerful TTG article about the need for reform in travel in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. It’s brave, it’s engaging, and we hope it resonates with you the way it did for us.

Justin Francis: We Need to Talk About Race and Tourism



Consumer poll finds 59% in favour of air bridges

More than half of people (59%) support the idea of air bridges or travel corridors to connect the UK with other countries, a poll for the Quash Quarantine trade lobby group reveals.

Air bridge assurance triggers suspension of Quash Quarantine legal threat

The Quash Quarantine group is holding off the threat of legal action after being assured that air bridges to low risk countries will be introduced from the end of the month.

UK consumers among keenest to travel abroad, survey finds

UK consumers are among the keenest in the world to travel when the Covid-19 pandemic is over according to a survey across nine leading source markets in May.

Kuoni says 2021 bookings are on the up

Kuoni is reporting “a clear upturn” in 2021 bookings with Covid-19 leading consumers to rethink this year’s holiday plans in favour of a big trip next year.

Summer holiday searches rise despite travel uncertainties

Searches for package holidays to popular European destinations have risen in the past two weeks as countries move to reopen their borders to tourists following Covid-19 lockdown with the US still sitting at the #2 spot for searches.

Government ‘doesn’t understand’ outbound travel, say industry leaders

The government “frowns upon” the travel industry as “flippant”, judging it merely as a provider of overseas holidays and not for its contribution to the economy and jobs.