AITO has launched a highly critical attack on the UK government over what it claims are persistent failings to help the travel sector in the country.
The UK travel sector has reacted with shock and confusion to a decision by the government to remove Portugal from the green list of safe travel destinations.
The company specialised in small group expeditions by truck across Africa and other key overland destinations worldwide such as South America and Central Asia.
The Save Future Travel Coalition has reiterated its hopes for a speech from Boris Johnson. The prime minister is expected to provide details on how the country is to reopen following Covid-19 shutdown.
Sue Ockwell, leader of the Association of Independent Tour Operators, lead criticism of suggestions Brits should avoid booking trips, branding the comments “puerile and nonsensical”.
The company operated group itineraries in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe as well as a tailor-made department, offering bespoke tours in Latin America and Asia.
The news was announced earlier by Martyn Sumners, executive director of AITO, following consultations with managing director, Jace Quick.
AITO has called on the government to offer support to the hundreds of small- and medium-sized tour operators severely impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus.