Uncertainty surrounding outbound travel from the UK is causing an atmosphere of distrust among hoteliers and travel suppliers in Europe, according to tour operators and industry bodies.
Prior to the government announcements on the latest changes to the traffic light system this week, tour operators have called for clarity to stem further damage to the travel sector and relationships overseas.
Noel Josephides, director of Aito, the Specialist Travel Association, and chairman of tour operator Sunvil, said that the continued chaos and speculation was not only destroying consumer confidence, but having a knock-on effect on suppliers.
“Hoteliers are turning away bookings from the UK in August because they don’t trust us – and European travellers are taking our beds and availability. There is no confidence; why should people trust us when we have the sword of Damocles constantly hanging over us and things could change and result in cancellations at any moment?” he said.
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