By Ron Howells • 18 September 2021 • 8:29
Holiday bookings to Europe soar by 300% after UK scraps traffic light system
Holiday bookings to European destinations have soared by 300% after the UK announced it is scrapping the traffic light system.
Travel firms are reporting a massive boost in enquiries and bookings for holidays after the UK government announced it was scrapping the traffic light system.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the travel traffic light system would soon be replaced with a single red list by October 4. Shapps also said that fully vaccinated people will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list areas.
Travel firms said they had already seen an uptick in bookings and expected a very busy weekend as pent up demand for European and other destinations is released
As part of the changes announced by Mr Shapps, eight countries – Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya – were removed from the red list.
‘The good news for travellers returning from these countries is that they will no longer have to stay in hotel quarantine.
Alan French, chief executive of travel firm Thomas Cook, said October half-term bookings were three times higher than in August and he expected this figure to increase as a result of the changed system.
“Based on our bookings already today, I would expect this weekend to be the biggest of the year so far as people take advantage of the great deals on offer, the new easier rules on testing and the simplified system for international travel,” he said.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
I was reading the same from equitas-property.com they suggested hotels will be very expensive next year and to book asap.
Hello Eric, great minds! I am actually researching for an article on that very subject, thanks!
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