Grant Shapps is set to make an announcement in front of Number 10 this morning, informing Britons of the latest easing of travel restrictions. The transport secretary is expected to say that double-jabbed Brits will be able to travel to amber list countries quarantine free. Some industry leaders remain “optimistic” that travel will continue to open up over the coming weeks.
Dame Irene Hays, Chair of Britain’s largest travel agency, Hays Travel Group, appeared on Sky News this morning to discuss the upcoming travel update.
She said she remained “very hopeful for the announcement” as many Britons had already come to her company to express their “significant” interest in travelling this summer.
Dame Hays explained: “We’ve brought back all our staff in all our shops across the country.
“The logic behind that is irrespective of the announcement that we get from the transport secretary.
Dame Hays explained that her company had received more enquiries for 2021 this week than for 2022 and 2023.
However, people’s preferred destinations have stayed the same.
“The destinations that people want to travel to are still the favourite destinations for the summer,” Dame Hays said.
She went on to say that one of the main countries Britons want to travel to is Spain.
The Chair of Hays Travel Group continued: “Greece is still popular.
“Malta is increasingly popular.
“And the Balearics continue to do well.
“So, they’re still the most popular destinations at the moment.”
Dame Hays added: “People are choosing to spend more on their holiday and they intend to stay for longer.
“There is a general trend.”
Grant Shapps is expected to make the latest travel announcement at around 11:30am this morning.
Author: Mared Gruffydd
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