Two years’ pent-up travel demand could be unleashed in 2021 when the "cork in the bottle" – coronavirus – is removed from the equation and travellers take their first tentative trips post-pandemic.
That was the view of Red Savannah chief executive George Morgan-Grenville, who has over the past week led a sector-wide campaign against the government’s proposed 14-day quarantine on arrival measures.
Morgan-Grenville wrote to home secretary Priti Patel late last week on behalf of what was then 70 fellow travel leaders, calling for the policy to be scrapped – hundreds more from across the travel sector have since thrown their weight behind the campaign.
MPs had been due to debate the issue when they returned to the House of Commons on Tuesday (2 June), but this debate was pushed back to Wednesday (3 June).
Patel and transport secretary Grant Shapps used the delay to set out their defence of the policy in a Daily Telegraph editorial on Wednesday morning, stating that while the government was pursuing an alternative "travel corridor" or air bridge policy, quarantine was vital to guarding against a second wave of coronavirus infection.
Morgan-Grenville confirmed to TTG on Wednesday the home secretary was yet to respond to his letter, despite hers and Shapps’ Telegraph column explicitly referencing the campaign.