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The Voice of Travel in Scotland

Established 1921

27 January 2021

Hotel Quarantine Will Decimate An Industry Already On Its Knees

Hotel Quarantine Will Decimate An Industry Already On Its Knees

The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), the professional body for travel agents and the travel sector in Scotland, considers that today’s announcements on compulsory hotel quarantine could sound the death knell for the Scottish Travel Industry.

Alan Glen, past president and council member of the SPAA says, “Public health is, without doubt, the number one priority for everyone in Scotland. However, today’s announcement that all visitors from high-risk countries who cannot be refused entry to the country, will, without exception, be required by law to be met at the airport and transported directly to quarantine hotels, could sound the death knell of the Scottish travel industry as we know it today.

“Hotel quarantine, on top of testing, self-isolation, the closure of travel corridors, passenger locator forms etc will completely decimate the Scottish travel industry which is already on its knees.  Is it not now too late to be introducing this at this stage of the pandemic, are we not back where we started last year?”

Alan Glen considers that hotel quarantine is the latest in a series of swingeing conditions imposed on the travel sector which has left an entire industry unable to trade.

“Commentators often focus on the disappointment of Scottish families being unable to take a beach holiday or a city break in 2021, but this is merely a fraction of the travel which the Scottish economy relies on. Without international travel, Scottish businesses will not be able to play their role in the recovery of our economy and we will struggle as a country to attract inward investment.

“With hotel quarantine in place for it is unlikely that there will be any recognisable Scottish travel industry left. Nicola Sturgeon’s commented today that, although the First Minister says she prefers consistent measures across the UK, the Scottish government will consider additional measures. Any further move towards blanket hotel quarantine, would bring an end to travelling completely around the world and the destruction of the aviation and travel market.”

“We’re asking the UK and Scottish governments for further focussed and realistic financial support for the whole Scottish travel industry which is being annihilated due to its inability to trade. Without further, and immediate, real-time support, the industry is on the verge of collapse. Where is the clear road map for the recovery of travel?

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