The UK journey sector has reacted with shock and confusion to a choice by the federal government to remove Portugal from the inexperienced listing of protected journey locations.
AITO chairman, Chris Rowles, mentioned: “Nothing is sensible, sadly.
“Altering Portugal from inexperienced to amber at brief discover – regardless of telling us that extra discover could be given – is just not going to encourage shopper confidence, and it’ll convey the tiny variety of bookings which were coming in every day to a juddering halt.
“It’ll additionally create much more confusion and a requirement for refunds, which prospects is not going to be entitled to ought to they do not want to journey.
“We all know the vaccine is working – even towards the Delta variant (beforehand known as the Indian variant), which the federal government so cavalierly allowed to enter the UK by allowing flights from India to proceed freely regardless of the plain dangers concerned.”
Authorities officers mentioned the choice to maneuver Portugal (together with Madeira and the Azores) to the amber listing follows elevated concern within the unfold of variants of coronavirus, together with a mutation of the Delta variant.
In a forthright assertion, Rowles added: “Our message is crystal clear – pay up, prime minister, chancellor and fellow…