The World Travel & Tourism Council, WTTC, has endorsed the opening of ‘air corridors’ between the UK and the Canary Islands, the Greek island of Mykonos and the Maldives. In a statement, WTTC President & CEO said, “It is great news for British holidaymakers and a boost for the hard-pressed Travel & Tourism sector.”
Guevara stated that this way British families will be able to relax in the “late Autumn sunshine at these island holiday hotspots.” Hotels, bars and restaurants would benefit from the influx of tourists from the UK.
The initiative is also meant to bring a glimmer of hope to travel agents and tour operators up and down the UK, who have been struggling and are now hoping to secure whatever business they can after a dismal summer.
“This demonstrates that travel can resume when, through cooperation and coordination, the correct measures and protocols are in place to ensure hygienic and Safe Travels,” said Guevara.
She noted, however, the WTTC’s disappointment at the fact that more destinations have gone back on the UK government’s quarantine list. This action could have a damaging impact not only to travelers, but the entire Travel & Tourism sector.
“The current approach with last minute quarantines must change,” said Guevara. As COVID-19 has adapted, so must we. We need to learn to live with the virus and replace ineffective and costly quarantines with a global standard testing regime upon departure.”