Kuoni has designed a "one-stop" Covid travel advice hub, which it hopes will help agents and other travel professionals navigate the increasingly complex Covid travel landscape.
The hub is open for all to use, and claims to be "the definitive guide to travel corridors, quarantine and testing", bringing together the myriad Covid travel requirements and restrictions in place around the world in one place.
It highlights which countries are open to tourists, their travel corridor status, testing requirements and quarantine rules, and the latest Foreign Office advice.
Kuoni has pledged to "continually update" the hub as legal restrictions on UK travel are eased and holidaying becomes possible again.
"Early signs in January indicate there are plenty of people desperate to plan a holiday overseas this year and are prepared to book now," said the operator. "The advice hub will help travellers to see which places are open to book now for travel at a later date.
Derek Jones, Kuoni chief executive, said “This is about making an increasingly complex situation simple to understand, [and] providing answers to questions we know people are asking in a clear, searchable online format that anyone can access.
"The hub is available to everyone, free of charge – we’re providing this service because we want to play our part in opening up the world again. Travel agents are welcome to use the resource to help them to provide the most up to date advice and guidance for their customers."
Jones said two types of traveller had emerged from the Covid crisis, those keen to get away at the drop of a hat as soon as borders open. "These customers want to know what’s possible now and the travel advice hub will be a valuable tool for these last-minute bookers," said Jones.
"Alongside that, we have customers planning holidays a long way in advance so again this is a really useful way to simply search for what’s bookable now for travel later."
Jones added it was important to empower people to feel confident to travel again, and in turn, help the sector rebuild.
"We want to encourage people to travel again but complexity around travel will continue for some time, so it’s essential that we give people the information they need and the confidence to travel safely and smoothly," said Jones.
"That way we can get travel up and running again this year and help people have a much-needed break and give everyone something to look forward to.”