The travel industry has been unanimous in outcry over the Government’s decision on last Thursday to add Portugal to the Amber List.
BTN has received numerous statements from all sectors but the following one by Martin Ferguson, Vice President of Public Affairs, American Express Global Business Travel, is different and really puts the onus on Downing Street with a unique opportunity on the international stage.
“The entire travel industry, across business and leisure, rightly feels exasperated by today’s news. The government has a tough job, but the entire travel supply chain needs better clarity and more action.
“We expect international travel and trade will be on the G7 agenda next week. The UK government must use its presidency to lead international collaboration on globally-accepted digital travel certification standards that will enable the safe reopening of vital international trade routes.”
The restrictions regarding cruises still remain in place with no overseas passages allowed and the number of passengers restricted to 50% of capacity or 1,000 holidaymakers. For Saga this means 50% of capability, say 500 clients, but with P&O and other large ships the number drops to 25% or less, empty ships with little on-board revenue sales. This comes after 15 months of no sailing, the cost of retrieving passengers and ships from all over the world, and on-going port and operating costs.