This week TTG asked “is the government’s traffic lights plan a car crash?”
If anyone had any doubt, the answer quickly followed with the bombshell announcement of a “quarantine exemption list” to replace air bridges, seen just a week ago as being the saviour of the summer.
After a week of waiting and hoping for definitive plans, the industry is again left scratching its head, with zero clarity on what countries will now be on this so-called quarantine exemption list, and no confirmed date from the government on when the FCO will finally be lifting its travel advice.
It’s sadly another example of the government’s abject failure to comprehend just how catastrophic this crisis has been on the industry.
Yes, the country needs to be protected. And proposals on how the British public travels and holidays must be properly considered in light of the current health crisis facing the world. The industry has never argued against this.
But this is a sector on its knees. Both industry – and consumers – need a firm plan, and urgent clarity.