Officials in the United States have confirmed Covid-19-related travel restrictions will be lifted for travellers from the European Union, United Kingdom and elsewhere from November.
The travel sector in England has offered a warm welcome to a simplified system of restrictions unveiled by the government, arguing it will begin to rebuild confidence in the sector.
ABTA is seeking to keep up pressure on the government to put the “right framework” in place to get people travelling again, kickstart a recovery in the travel industry and provide urgent financial support.
ABTA has confirmed that John de Vial will be leaving the association at the end of September. He spent 12 years at travel agent body, largely as director of membership and financial protection.
The government has confirmed that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The hospitality sector has given warm support to a loosening of travel restrictions in England announced by the government. The cruise sector is also set to rebound as international trips restart.
The annual ABTA Travel Convention will take place on October 13th this year. For the first time ever, the show will be offered to members and the wider travel industry both in-person and online.
ABTA has written to Grant Shapps, the secretary of state for transport, outlining the actions still needed from government to open up travel to more destinations.
New research from ABTA reinforces an ongoing trend seen throughout the pandemic for people seeking the security and reassurance of booking a package holiday with a travel professional.
The travel industry has welcomed news from Nicola Sturgeon that Scots who have been double-jabbed against Covid-19 will not have to self-isolate if they are coming back from an amber list country.