The European Union is banning travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days in a battle to contain the spread of coronavirus. In an unprecedented move, the external borders of 26 EU states will be closed.
On Monday, prime minister Boris Johnson urged Brits to avoid pubs, clubs and restaurants, with the impact likely to be crippling for many small businesses.
ABTA is calling for urgent action by the government to help businesses in the short-term by making funds readily available to travel and tourism companies.
Intrepid Travel and Peregrine Adventure tours that are currently operating will continue until April 3rd. Any customers that opt to leave their tour early will receive a credit for the remainder of their itinerary.
The Jamaica ministry of tourism has confirmed all previously advertised activities for March have been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Latest figures from WTTC, which represents the global tourism private sector, show that global travel could be adversely impacted by up to 25 per cent in 2020.
Internationally renowned French-Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy has been appointed as master planner for Amaala Island, part of an ultra-luxury destination taking shape on the north western coastline of Saudi Arabia.
The United States will introduce wide-ranging new restrictions on travellers from Europe as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak. In a televised address earlier, president Donald Trump said the move was “strong but necessary”.
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, India will issue only diplomatic, official, employment and project visas for the next month. The move is expected to impact negatively on the tourism, hotel and aviation industries.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief executive, said: “We stand in solidarity with governments, countries and organisations which are being affected by Covid-19 and look forward to hosting our Global Summit in the autumn."
Wizz Air has suspended flights from all destinations to Italy with immediate effect. The decision comes as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office begins to advise against all travel to the country.
ABTA is calling on the government to consider extraordinary support measures for businesses operating in the tourism sector in the budget next week. The request comes in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.