“I would love to get the tourism sector up as quickly as we possibly can,” he said.
“We’ve set this very ambitious plan to try and get it up and running by the beginning of July.
“Clearly, we can only do it if it’s safe to do so because I think the worst thing for our tourism sector would be to start, then see the R rate rise out of control, see a second peak that overwhelms the NHS that we then have to slam on the brakes again.”
Dowden added: ”Believe me, when we get to the point when we can have British tourism back, perhaps apart from the Prime Minister you won’t get a bigger champion of the great British break than me.”
Restoring tourism in the UK will provide a much-needed boost for the economy.
According to VisitBritain, the tourism industry has seen losses well into the billions.
Hugh Graham-Watson, Managing Director of The Hotel Guru, recommends that those who are looking to get away this summer should act fast.
To get the best deals consumers need to book now to avoid the spike in holiday prices,” the travel expert told Express.co.uk.
However, it’s important to be careful when booking – check the fine print.
“Make sure that any cancellations terms are flexible,” advised Graham-Watson.
“Most hotels are offering free cancellation even for peak dates.”
Rowland King, director of QualitySource, also spoke to Express.co.uk about summer holidays this year.
“We think it will be possible for people to practise social distancing when travelling in the future,” he said.
“Of course, this will depend on where and how we plan to travel.”
“Travelling across the UK by car, for example, will be easier to practice social distancing rather than travelling abroad via plane,” Rowland said.
King added: “There are plenty of cheap and accessible camping parks to visit, and you can even go off-grid to save more money and ensure you practise social distancing more effectively.”
James Mason, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire told BBC News: “We’re expecting a boom to be honest.
“It’s a beautiful country that we are in today, it’s a beautiful country. Many people choose the UK as their holiday destination, so it’s on our doorstep.
“In the absence of international travel lets get out into the countryside, the coastline, and really cherish what’s on our doorstep.
“I think when it is safe and right to do so restrictions must be eased.”