Hoteliers in Spain are ‘turning away’ bookings from British tourists, claiming that ‘Europeans are snatching our beds.’
The travel list will be updated this week, but the ambiguity surrounding the traffic light system has caused European countries to lose faith in UK bookings and refuse to welcome British visitors.
There will be no new categories added to the travel list, according to MPs, thus there is no possibility of countries being placed on a “amber watchlist.”
However, the changing of the travel restrictions, as well as the unpredictable traffic signal system in the United Kingdom, are currently harming UK travelers.
Due to concerns about last-minute cancellations, travel operators and hoteliers in EU countries are reportedly refusing to take bookings from British tourists.
“Hoteliers are turning away bookings from the UK in August because they don’t trust us,” said Noel Josephides, director of Aito, the Specialist Travel Association.
“And European travelers are taking our beds and availability,” he added.
“Why should people trust us when the sword of Damocles hangs over our heads and things could change at any time, resulting in cancellations?”
“Suppliers simply don’t trust us,” the travel agent told The Telegraph.
“They say, ‘You cancelled in April, May, June, and July.'” How can we be sure you’ll be open in August? ‘They’ll say, ‘You’re telling us now that [the UK Government]will make more statements on Thursday.’
“Well, thank you very much, we don’t want your clients because we prefer to take the Germans, the French, the Italians, the domestic market because at least we know those bookings will be honored.” There were fears that a new “amber watchlist” would be added, which would include countries like Spain, Italy, and Greece.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on the other hand, stated that the upcoming travel review will adopt a “simple,” “balanced,” and “user-friendly” approach.
Countries could be moved on the red list on short notice if an amber watchlist was developed.
No additional categories will be added, according to MPs today.
In advance of this week’s review, the government has been mulling a new traffic light system for overseas travel.
There have been demands to replace the present green/amber/red classification system with a single red list of countries.
“We have to recognize that people desperately want to go on their summer holidays; we need to get the travel sector rolling again; we need to get our city,” Boris Johnson stated yesterday.