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.
Chief executives from leading UK-based airlines have added their voices to calls for the prime minister to ensure an aviation recovery roadmap is announced next week.
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.
A force of UK travel companies, with pre-Covid-19 annual revenues of over £11 billion, are “united in outrage” following conflicting advice from the government on the reopening of the sector.
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”.
At the same time, transport secretary Gregg Shapps offered a defence of plans for jail sentences of up to ten-years for travellers arriving in England who lie on their passenger locator forms.
Commenting on the news UKHospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said the decision would help struggling hospitality businesses survive until tourism returned.
In a letter sent to the chancellor today, organisations from every part of the UK outbound and inbound travel industry stressed the urgent need for government support for the sector.