Gloria Guevara, president & CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), has sent UK prime minister Boris Johnson a strong letter urging him to provide evidence of a clear exit strategy to save the besieged UK Travel & Tourism sector.
She is emphatic on what is wanted for the road ahead “Our Members and overseas governments believe that air corridors should not be reinstated, as they could put in jeopardy relationships with overseas governments who are looking to agree trade and other deals in the post-Brexit period.”
It comes ahead of the prime minister’s expected announcement today (22 February) regarding a roadmap out of lockdown and lifting restrictions.
“We know from extensive consultation with WTTC members and governments around the world that there is strong and determined opposition to air corridors.
“They are not the answer and have created great uncertainty for countries, consumers, airlines and travel agents up and down the country, causing more problems than they have offered solutions.”
WTTC’s 2020 Economic Impact Report shows that in 2019, Travel & Tourism generated £200bn or 9% of the UK’s GDP. It was responsible for almost four million jobs, or 11% of the country’s total workforce.