Industry Update
Press Release 3 July 2020

WTTC statement on the UK government delay to publishing its 'safe countries' list

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World Travel & Tourism (WTTC)

London, UK - Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: "For the best part of a week the UK government has delayed announcing which countries will be safe for British holidaymakers to fly to for what's left of their summer holidays, resulting in frustration and confusion among travellers.

"While we understand the need to secure reciprocal travel agreements, the clock has been ticking. Each day we delay, more jobs in the Travel & Tourism sector will be lost or put at risk, both in the UK and overseas.

"We need to restore consumer confidence so that travellers and holidaymakers can book flights and holidays and be sure they will be able to travel when and where they want and enjoy a much-needed break away. We encourage the UK government to let consumers know where they stand without any further delay."

About WTTC

WTTC is the body which represents the Travel & Tourism private sector globally. Members consist of CEOs of the world's Travel & Tourism companies, destinations, and industry organisations engaging with Travel & Tourism.

WTTC has a history of 25 years of research to quantify the economic impact of the sector in 185 countries. Travel & Tourism is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. The sector contributes US$8.8 trillion or 10.4% of global GDP, and accounts for 319 million jobs or one in ten of all jobs on the planet.

For over 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world's leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses, who bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making and raise awareness of the importance of the sector.

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