Lots of long-haul destinations aren’t expecting to allow international tourists back until early next year, according to the chief executive of one of Britain’s best-known travel companies.
Speaking to a travel trade publication, Derek Jones from Kuoni said the company had canvassed views from its global destination management companies about when they’d be ready to welcome back foreign tourists. “You might be surprised at how far out some of those countries are talking about. A lot of long-haul destinations are genuinely talking about even as far as February next year before they think they’re going to be accepting new arrivals,” he said.
He said that the majority of destinations thought they’d be ready to open up to foreign holidaymakers by September or October and Kuoni is pessimistic about restarting operations any earlier.
“We’ve assumed that our departures are going to start further out,” said Jones.
Kuoni offers holidays to Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, India and the Americas as well as to some countries in Europe.
It’s contacting customers due to travel within the next three weeks to discuss their options. Anyone due to travel in more than three weeks’ time who wishes to postpone their trip can email Kuoni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foreign Office continues to warn against non-essential travel anywhere in the world and the UK government is planning to introduced a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK – including returning holidaymakers – from early next month, which would prohibit trips abroad for workers with limited annual leave.