UK families face yet another ‘lost summer’ thanks to the controversial traffic light system, quarantines, costly Covid-19 tests and confusing travel rules and regulations, argues the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
The global tourism body, which represents the global private travel sector, says this combination has effectively made much of Europe off-limits to holidaymakers for the second successive year.
This, despite the success of the vaccination rollout.
As well as being hugely disappointing for those yearning for a summer break, it has also brought the beleaguered UK tourism sector almost to its knees.
WTTC has urged government leaders across Europe to take a coordinated approach to reopen borders and allow the safe resumption of travel for double-jabbed holidaymakers.
However, the call comes on the day the EU launches its digital covid certificate, designed to reopen safe travel on the continent.
WTTC has already warned the government that it faces a punishing £19.8 billion loss to the country if international travel remains off limits during July, fearing further similar losses if August suffers the same fate.
Virginia Messina, WTTC senior vice president, said: “It’s hard to believe that the UK tourism sector and…