With uncertainty over what travel restrictions will be in place, many travellers remain reluctant to book, says GlobalData, a data and analytics company.
Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, explained the new scheme would categorise countries based on risk – but gave no firm details on when borders would reopen to international travel.
Organisations from across the tourism sector have welcomed a report from the Global Travel Taskforce, but called for more clarity from the government on when plans will be implemented.
Prime minister, Boris Johnson, has said he is “hopeful” international travel can resume from the UK on May 17th, but offered few further details on the process of reopening borders.
Plans to restart foreign travel for millions of people could be doomed to fail if the government does not effectively consult consumers according to Which?.
New laws could see travellers from England subject to a £5,000 fine if they leave the country without good reason. The penalty is included in legislation that will be voted on by parliament later this week.
The maritime minister, Robert Courts, appeared at a virtual meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime & Group to confirm sailings for English ports could resume on May 17th.
Passengers travelling internationally from Monday will need to carry a new form that sets out their trip is permitted under the stay-at-home restrictions, the government has announced.
Companies relying on business-related travel face ongoing challenges from a switch to remote working which will have a knock-on effect on other consumer and real estate businesses.
The UK tourism industry had broadly welcomed the Budget delivered by chancellor Rishi Sunak – but there were also calls for more tailored support for high street travel agents.
The travel industry has broadly welcomed a roadmap for the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions in the UK, with some companies already reporting a surge in bookings.