UK Holiday and Flights take off after Government announcement.
After the UK Government announced the relaxation of travel rules which come into effect over several transition stages with each lasting 5 weeks, holiday companies were deluged with phone calls and bookings as people clamoured to grab a long awaited holidays for later in the year.
However, there is caution......
The news has been a massive wave of fresh air to the travel industry devastated for over a year with many teetering on the edge of closure. Many of the popular places in the UK are already booked up until September/October. Country holiday cottages being the most popular. While abroad, the ever popular sun soaked family beach resorts are filling up with advanced bookings.
Should any of the phases of the Governments plan be held up in any way, it would be catastrophic and could spell the final nail for international travel companies and others within the hospitality industry. We doubt that many of them could withstand another closure and inevitable refunds. Though the UK may well be spared from such economic blow and in fact, even gain as more decide not to risk it and holiday at home this year.
The government's Global Travel Taskforce will do a report by 12th April 2021 with recommendations how international trips can safely resume. This does not necessarily imply that international travel will commence by then, as they are recommendations only and it will be up to the governments final decision as to when travel can commence and where to and expected to be in May or June at the earliest.
A survey across European countries in January 2021 including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, produced results showing the top nine favoured holiday destinations despite the pandemic:-