Advantage Travel Partnership have responded to the announcement by the UK Government that six new destinations are being removed from the government’s “safe list” including holidaymaker favourites France and Malta.
Julia Lo Bue-Said CEO The Advantage Travel Partnership said: “To have France be removed from the Government’s safe list of travel corridors is seriously worrying for the travel industry and the economy in general given that there are so many British visitors there right now. However for the travel agent community the removal of Malta is even more worrying it’s a destination more likely to be booked by an agent as a package holiday. We are working hard with our partners, suppliers and fellow industry leaders to encourage consumers to have the confidence to book a holiday but this latest news will further damage consumer confidence.
“It’s clear that these uncertain times are here to stay so flexibility is key – consumers must have more flexibility to be able to change the date of their booking and the destination should their holiday be affected by COVID-19. Our 48-Hours’ Flexi Pledge campaign is asking the industry to increase fee free flexibility and urge the Government to give us more notice so travel agents can change bookings for customers and ensure they still have a holiday and money still flows through the system. There are still many destinations on the ‘safe’ list. I’d urge anyone wanting a summer break to contact their local travel agent who will be able to help them every step of the way.”