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    The PM has addressed Parliament and has said that International Travel will resume no earlier than 17 May. So there may be a glimmer of hope for you SS.
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    I was watching the announcement last night and even thought that it sounded promising. The thing is, we could allow it but it is dependant on the USA allowing us in. We have another trip booked for November which is definately looking a lot more promising.

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    There is certainly a glimmer of hope here.

    But I would also caution that, with any other govt, this would be good news but, when it's Bozo and his Clowns, they can say one thing today, contradict it tomorrow and then introduce something completely different the day after. In the words of the prophet, I'll believe it when I see it!

    However, at least for this week, the news is promising, and each of TUI, easyjet and Thomas Cook have all reported a bookings surge with yesterday's announcement:

    https://www.travelmole.com/news_feat...ews_id=2046192

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Veness View Post
    However, at least for this week, the news is promising, and each of TUI, easyjet and Thomas Cook have all reported a bookings surge with yesterday's announcement:

    https://www.travelmole.com/news_feat...ews_id=2046192


    I would take that with a pinch of salt from that lot Simon because they are going to try and talk up bookings. I was watching Sky news and they reported that just story but were on the high street talking to retailers who said they haven't seen any increase in bookings and didn't expect it other than enquiries about UK cottage and caravan lets. Coming from the likes of Tui it's a bit like the Ryanair add that said now the vaccine was here it's time to book, an ad that was ruled misleading and eventually banned.

    How can anyone disprove Tui's claim? They can say they have had 4 more bookings than the same time as yesterday and class that as a surge

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    This is TRavelMole's report on this today.

    No overseas holidays before 17 May, says PM

    Overseas holidays will not be allowed until after May 17 at the earliest according to the Prime Minister as he outlined the 'roadmap out of lockdown' to members of parliament today.


    He said leisure travel overseas could restart in May at the earliest, alongside the reopening of hotels and B&Bs in England.

    The domestic holiday market will be the first to reopen from mid-April when restrictions on self-contained holiday accommodation - where indoor facilities are not shared with other households - are lifted.

    However, the reopening date of 12 April - which the PM stressed would be 'from the earliest' - means UK accommodation providers miss out on bookings for the Easter weekend.

    Addressing the House of Commons Boris Johnson said a successor to the Global Travel Taskforce will report by 12 April so that people can 'plan for summer', but it will resume no earlier than 17 May.

    The PM's speech was met with a quick response from Theresa May, the PM's predecessor, speaking on behalf of her constituents in Maidenhead and the aviation sector. She said publishing a review of international travel by mid-April would not give people enough time to plan their summer holidays or for the aviation industry to prepare and called for the date to be brought forward.

    Boris Johnson said the 12 April deadline for the Travel Taskforce will give people time to 'make their plans for the summer'.

    "If we can meet these dates there's every chance of an aviation recovery later this year," he said.

    The unlocking of restrictions will be subject to 'four' reviews, the second of which will be the unlocking of international travel which is 'vital for many businesses which have been hardest hit, including retail, hospitality, tourism and aviation'.


    "A successor the Global Travel Taskforce will report by 12 April so that people can plan for the summer," he said.

    He said the third review will consider the status of Covid certification.

    The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions, with a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions, followed by seven days' notice of the restrictions to be eased.

    The priority for the first step will be reopening all schools. The Stay at Home message will remain, but people will be able to leave their home for recreation outdoors, such as a coffee or picnic with their household, or with one person outside their household.

    As part of Step One, there will be further changes from 29 March - the week in which most schools break up for Easter. Outdoor gatherings of either six people, or two households, will be allowed, including in private gardens.

    At this point, the Stay at Home order will end, although many lockdown restrictions will remain. People will be asked to continue to work from home where possible, limit movement as much as possible and overseas travel will remain banned, except for a small number of reasons.

    Step Two, from no earlier than 12 April, will see non-essential retail, hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings, such as libraries and community centres allowed to reopen.

    Most outdoor attractions and settings will reopen, as will indoor leisure facilities, but only for people on their own or with their household. Hospitality venues will only be able to serve people outdoors.

    Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as holiday lets where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, will also be able to reopen.

    Step Three, from no earlier than 17 May, will see most social contact rules lifted - although gatherings of more than 30 people will remain illegal - with 'the rest of the accommodation sector' allowed to reopen. Outdoor performances, such as outdoor cinemas and theatres will be able to reopen, as will indoor hospitality venues and cinemas.

    The fourth, and final step of the PM's roadmap, will start no earlier than 21 June will see all legal limits on social contact removed, with nightclubs reopening and restrictions lifted on large events and performances.
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    I can report that Skittering Pig saw a surge in bookings yesterday evening and today, Julia went from an empty diary to a very healthy one for the school summer holiday as her clients booked their small furry animals in for their holidays.
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    Here's the key phrase, as I see it:

    "Boris Johnson said the 12 April deadline for the Travel Taskforce will give people time to 'make their plans for the summer'."

    Yes, in theory. Except if the travel industry won't know where it stands until April 12 (at the earliest), how are they supposed to put anything in place in advance of any booking frenzy? It's like putting the cart before the horse. Teresa May has been pretty hopeless in the past, but I think she's right on the money here. The travel industry won't have time ramp up any significant programs, if they won't even know if they've got the green light to re-start until April 12. And, as I read it, that date is only provisional on the govt being able to get all its ducks in a row by then, with all various elements of the travel industry, which is something they've been totally incapable of doing at any stage since the pandemic started. I have serious doubts there will be anything to book before July at the earliest, and possibly not until September

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    This makes interesting reading from TravelMole today.

    Skyscanner says bookings are rocketing

    Fares comparison site Skyscanner says flight bookings rocketed 69% immediately after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced international travel might resume after 17 May.

    It revealed the top 10 booked destinations were:

    Spain
    Pakistan
    United States
    Greece
    India
    Turkey
    Italy
    UK
    Portugal
    Thailand


    From this list the biggest movers (% increase from the previous day) were:

    UK to Portugal + 176%
    UK to Spain + 170%
    UK to Italy +122%
    UK to Turkey + 113%
    UK to Greece + 96%

    VP of Flights Hugh Aikten said the surge showed travellers are 'very well tuned into updates about restrictions'.

    He added: "The importance of clear, straightforward and timely information remains paramount to restoring both traveller and industry confidence, especially relating to quarantines and pre-departure testing.

    "Ultimately, a combination of factors will be required to unlock pent-up demand including greater global alignment on common, international standards to enable people to plan for a well-deserved holiday."
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    Yes, it's all in that final sentence. Greater global alignment is definitely the key, and it will take time for all those ducks to be put in as row. But here's hoping...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Veness View Post
    Yes, it's all in that final sentence. Greater global alignment is definitely the key, and it will take time for all those ducks to be put in as row. But here's hoping...!
    The thing is that I think many countries understand the value of tourism to their economies and are probably very keen to resurrect it.
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