July 10, 2020

NEWS HEADLINES

Following the government issued list of 59 destinations - including many popular holiday spots – headlines and travel news this week have been focused on further clarity on the situation and the restrictions that are still in place. Further restrictions may be placed on UK travellers if the infection rate rises. Ministers had indicated the government was considering a series of ''air bridge'' agreements for quarantine-free travel between the UK and low-risk countries. These were also referred to as ''travel corridors'' when including international journeys made via land and sea. However, the government moved away from these partnerships. A mooted "traffic light" system, to grade countries as green, amber and red depending on their level of risk, has also not materialised. Furthermore, it is now possible to take a holiday in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England, following the relaxation of lockdown rules. In England, two households of any size can now meet up indoors - and this can be in shared accommodation away from home, for instance a cottage or apartment. However, unless the households are part of the same support bubble, they will need to stay socially distanced from each other (a distance of "one metre plus" in England).

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TRADE NEWS

The travel trade press focused on news and updates related to airport and airline developments as well as destinations openings and travel restrictions lifting. The trade titles also covered specific updates with the status of the industry’s major business, brands and airlines following the impact of Covid-19 including support pleas to the government and petitions for aid following the devastation of Covid-19 on the sector.

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TRAVEL NEWS

With the announcement of the list of 59 destinations, travel titles have been covering lists and roundups of holiday locations open to Brits. As well as holiday suggestions and inspirational stories, many titles have also covered features that offer advice and more clarity on confusion surrounding new travel measures and restrictions.

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WHAT WE’RE LOVING IN TRAVEL THIS WEEK

Caribbean reports rise in consumer confidence after government’s ‘safe’ lists published. The CTO has reported that people have started searching for the Caribbean and a return of consumer confidence.

The Global Travel & Tourism Resilience Council hosted its second virtual summit, with a focus on how destinations are dealing with challenges and opportunities arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to view the sessions.

More travel firms sign pledge to progress ethnic minority workers. Brands have signed a charter aimed at helping ethnic minority workers progress within the organisations.

Finn Partners launches Global Travel Recovery Network made up of in-house experts in areas including health, digital marketing, technology, sustainability, public affairs and diversity. The network was created to offer “strategic counsel and marketing services” for travel industry clients attempting to rebound from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

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