Inghams and Club Med have suspended all holidays and stays until mid-May, bringing their operations in line with the UK government’s roadmap out of Covid lockdown.
Inghams has suspended all ex-UK holidays departing up to and including 17 May, while Club Med has cancelled all stays at its properties for UK clients through to 16 May.
Joe Ponte, chief executive of Inghams parent Hotelplan UK, said the move was "in line" with the UK government’s roadmap, while Club Med said its decision "followed the UK government’s announcement on lifting lockdown".
Travel for leisure purposes is currently illegal in the UK, although the government hopes to be able to permit single household domestic stays from 12 April.
International travel will not resume until 17 May "at the earliest", subject to a report by the new Global Travel Taskforce, due on 12 April, on how international travel can be restarted safely.
Ponte said any customers impacted by the suspensions would be offered a full refund, or the opportunity to move their booking to a later date.
He added that since the government’s 22 February roadmap announcement, Inghams had seen an uplift in summer bookings, with more customers opting for longer holidays than in previous years.
"For those planning something to look forward to this summer, and those with an existing summer 2021 booking from 18 May onwards, we will be delaying taking final balances until four weeks before departure," said Ponte.
In a statement, Club Med said its decision was made with "great regret", adding it understood there would be "huge disappointment" among those who had been looking forward to a break.
Affected guests will be contacted in date order and will receive a refund credit note which can be used towards booking any future sun or ski breaks with Club Med. They can, alternatively, opt for a full refund.