WTTC Says 14-Day Quarantine Will “Worsen an Already Critical Situation”

WTTC responds to the UK’s 14-day quarantine announcement

The WTTC has issued a response to the Government’s announcement about the proposed 14-day quarantine for travellers.

Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of the London-based World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said: “Once again, we call on the UK Government to remove the 14-day quarantine as soon as possible. Quarantines should not be necessary if appropriate and effective containment measures are in place at departure and arrival points.

“While the Government has managed well the overall response to the COVID-19 crisis, we believe the 14-day quarantine will put the UK at a distinct competitive disadvantage. We understand protecting public health is paramount, but this measure, which affects international visitors and those arriving back into the UK from abroad, will have a significant and long-lasting negative effect on the Travel & Tourism sector.

“We’ve no doubt these measures will deter both business and leisure travellers from visiting major hubs throughout the country. It will worsen an already critical situation and delay the much-needed recovery of the UK economy. So, it’s vital that ‘air corridors’ to low-infection countries are opened as soon as possible.

“WTTC data shows the COVID-19 crisis has led to more than 1.2 million Travel & Tourism jobs being at risk in the UK, with substantial losses already. As the sixth largest economy in the world, and the third largest in Europe in terms of the Travel & Tourism, it is critical Travel & Tourism sector drives the economic recovery, as its contributes nine per cent of UK GDP and is responsible for 11 per cent of total UK employment.”