“There had been signs of travel booking enquiries beginning to flow through after the announcement yesterday, so there was some hope. But the strength of position from the Scottish government against travelling meant people were holding off to hear what was said today. Sadly, there is nothing in today’s statement which gives us any hope that bookings will increase as they seem to have done in England following Boris Johnson’s bullish comments yesterday.
“We’d strike a note of caution about large percentage increase figures being reported in England as opposed to actual booking numbers however. The travel sector has been decimated by the pandemic and it should be remembered that percentage increases don’t always show the whole picture. An increase from one booking to five bookings is still a 500% increase.
“What we all need to see now from the Scottish and UK governments is a positive commitment to engage with the travel sector to find a clear path of out this and a way to stimulate the recovery of an industry which can’t survive through these continued restrictions.”