A group of leading travel companies is appealing to the home secretary, Priti Patel, to withdraw its earlier decision of 14 days quarantine on anyone coming into the UK.
At present, the government says international visitors coming into the UK will be required to undergo a 14 days quarantine process; which will commence from June 8th, according to government plans.
In the letter, the signatories – which includes top travels and company and tourism stakeholders — argue: “The very last thing the travel industry needs is a mandatory quarantine imposed on all arriving passengers which will deter foreign visitors from coming here, deter UK visitors from traveling abroad and, most likely, cause other countries to impose reciprocal quarantine requirements on British visitors, as France has already announced.”
The letter furthered that: “Many people urged the government to impose quarantine regulations during the early phases of Covid-19.
“Instead, no action was taken and flights from infected countries were allowed to land, disgorging thousands of potentially affected passengers into the wider community.
This letter has been endorsed by Over 70 chairwomen, chief executives, and managing directors, on behalf of their companies, which together had employed thousands of people and also contributed to the tourism industry in the United Kingdom.
The letter also commends the government effort on COVID-19 and how it handles the extraordinary and unprecedented situation.
“However, the economic cost of the government’s action is yet to be seen, apart from the early indicators which paint a grim picture.” the letter stated.
However, The signatory companies on this letter are Abercrombie & Kent, Rocco Forte Hotels, Der Touristik, Mr & Mrs. Smith, Red Savannah, &Beyond, Kirker Holidays, Scott Dunn, Black Tomato, the Peninsula London, Claridges, the Berkeley, the Goring, Mandarin Oriental, Rosewood Hotels, the Savoy, the Ritz London, the Dorchester, Hotel Café Royal, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the Landmark Hotel, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, Shangri-La the Shard Hotel, Original Travel, Cookson Adventures, Cazenove & Loyd and ATD Travel Services.
United kingdom is not the only country with this 14days quarantine rule on travelers coming into the country, Tour telegraph previously reported that Dubai has imposed the same rule on every visitors coming into the country.
In the United Kingdom, the tourism sector accounts for almost four million jobs or 11 percent of the entire workforce.
In fact, In 2019 the sector generated almost £200 billion for the UK economy, which is equivalent to nine percent of total GDP, according to the latest by World Travel & Tourism Council.