With the ‘safe list’ of countries finally announced, holiday bookings are expected to pick up, but tour operators are scrambling to make up for lost time
The “safe list” for holidays was finally announced by the government today, but previous uncertainty around proposed “air bridges” and “travel corridors”, and the delay in publishing the list has caused fury among tour operators, senior MPs and the first ministers of Wales and Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, criticised the government’s “shambolic” decision-making process. However, now that a decision has been made consumer confidence is expected to return and bookings to increase.
Many people have been hesitant to book a holiday abroad after mixed messages and delays from the government, and tour operators report seeing a high number of enquiries but few bookings.