The Scottish Passenger Agent’s Association says that while travel agents welcome the latest travel updates, “the Scottish travel sector remains in desperate need of sectoral support”.
Joanne Dooey, president of The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), the professional body for travel agents and the travel sector in Scotland says: “Travel agents across Scotland will welcome the addition of countries to the green list and the change of status for some countries from red to amber. Regardless of these changes, which will hopefully restore some public confidence in travel, the Scottish travel sector remains in desperate need of sectoral support.
“These changes may prove to be too little too late for the Scottish market in particular due to the timing of the Scottish school summer holidays. As these changes come into force on Sunday 8th, many families will be preparing for the return to school of some pupils on in the coming week.
“It means that the next time travel agents will have any realistic revenue will be early summer 2022, as travel agents are only paid when the customer actually travels. We reiterate our call for Scottish agents to be given business disruption support similar to those being given to our colleagues in Wales by the Welsh Government.”