October 21, 2021

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The UK Department of Travel is preparing for further layoffs

The reason is government restrictions on returning from vacation.

The British travel industry is preparing for a new wave of job losses. The Tourism Trade Organization (ABTA) plans to lay off workers in the future due to government restrictions on more than two-thirds of its members returning from vacation.

The second “lost” summer

Airlines and travel agents have described British travel rules as too expensive and complicated. They blame them for the second “lost summer” in 2021.

According to the ABTA, which represents 4,300 companies in the tourism sector, holiday bookings for the summer of 2021 were 83% lower than pre-epidemic levels. As a result, most of its members plan to lay off more by the end of this month, when the summer vacation ends.

ABTA CEO Mark Dancer said in a statement that government travel requirements would erode demand in the summer and threaten businesses and jobs.

Tens of thousands of jobs were lost

According to the APDA, the expected layoffs will increase the total number of jobs lost by the Govt-19 epidemic to nearly 100,000. That number will rise to 226,000, including the impact of the supply chain.

ABDA reiterated its call at airlines and airports to eliminate the need for expensive PCR tests for vaccinated people returning to the UK from abroad. He also hopes that the government will provide financial assistance to tourism, which has been hit hard by the crisis, as the domestic economy is already recovering from the epidemic.

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