Traffic light wants Brits to stay home
AITO President Chris Rowles told UK industry media: “We believe this keeps Brits trapped at home rather than having them on holiday abroad. It was the intention of the government at all times, Ensuring that aid money and ERTEs are spent to stimulate the UK economy, whether citizens go on holiday to their country or stay at home. “
This is how you understand this group of specialized agencies Johnson government’s restrictive signage policyOnly 12 countries are classified as green, among which Portugal is the only tourist destination adjacent to the sun and the beach. As we explained in COVID Traffic Light: Spain in orange, Portugal in green, Turkey in red and some of the 12 green areas are Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira; Australia; New Zealand; Singapore; Brunei. Iceland; Pharos Islands; Tarek Mountain. The Falkland Islands; And Israel (including Jerusalem).
AITO’s criticism is not the only one heard in the UK sector. The British Travel Agency Association (ABTA) has hailed the inauguration of international travel with its COVID-19 traffic light, but is asking for it in future system updates. More destinations are added as quickly as possible so that the sector can trigger sales that will allow the revival of the activity.
For its part, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), through its President, Gloria Guevara, said that “while we understand that protecting public health should be a priority, the UK United You are very cautious and risk losing your hard-won competitive advantage“.
14 months without income
AITO reminds the government that The agencies have had no income for 14 monthsIts president said: “No organization can afford it”, as he called on the Prime Minister to finally support the emissions sector, which needs “a very serious level of support, in tune with the situation. impossible that you have all paid “, referring to the government.
On Monday, it was learned that London wanted Britons to spend their holidays in the city with a promotional campaign, Let’s do LondonIt aims to ensure that Londoners and citizens of the country in general can enjoy the capital during their summer vacation. They will invest £ 7million in the campaign, or around € 8.11million.
In contrast, the truth has confirmed expectations that there will be very few green countries at UK traffic lights, as emerged in April from a study conducted by the consulting firm of the former chief strategy officer of British Airways, Robert Boyle. So these experts just said it United States, Gibraltar, Israel, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Australia and New Zealand They will be on the green list for international travel, while most of Europe will be orange. They were absolutely wrong.
British government contradictions continue, statements by its spokespersons saying something today and vice versa tomorrow Frequent calls so that citizens do not book yet because we do not know at all what will happen in summer, Raised doubts about how the Johnson government expects the summer to unfold, whether it will actually use a traffic light to provide its citizens with accurate information on where to travel safely, or whether he will use this tool to try to persuade the British to stay behind. UK Vacation A complaint from AITO.
On the one hand, the fact that a traffic light qualifies countries and not regional destinations preferred by the British also casts doubt on its effectiveness and the adequacy of this system, for example the Spanish seaside destinations, which have remained entirely also outside the country. like the rest of the country, all in Amber
We have reflected these doubts about the UK government’s true intention regarding international travel in this article UK Road Signs and Accommodation: Will Summer 2020 Repeat?