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Scottish hotels lose bookings as Sturgeon threatens to quarantine English visitors

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Scottish hoteliers have complained that a growing number of English guests are calling to cancel their summer bookings amidst ongoing uncertainty over quarantine rules.

Many are abandoning their holiday plans after Nicola Sturgeon refused once again to rule out the possibility that the English, Welsh and Northern Irish will have to self-isolate when visiting Scotland.

The First Minister, speaking on ITV last night, said that forcing travellers from the rest of the UK to self-isolate was “not something I want to do if we can avoid that”. 

However, she added: “But I am not going to shy away from doing anything that I think is necessary and appropriate and effective in protecting people in Scotland from a virus that we know now to our painful cost can take life and also as we are increasingly learning can do a lot of long-term health damage to people.”

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Holiday bookings surge as travel rules are relaxed

UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash
UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash

Holiday companies have seen bookings “explode” as COVID-19 travel restrictions are set to be relaxed next week.

According to data and comments collated by the BBC from lastminute.com, tour operator TUI (TUI.L), and the Eurotunnel, bookings have surged since the UK government announced that Brits will be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend two weeks in quarantine upon their return, from 6 July.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland told the BBC, “we’ve already seen bookings increase by 50% this week, versus last [week], with holidays to Spain and Greece looking the most popular this summer.”

Lastminute.com reported an 80% increase on holiday sales compared to last week, attributed to Spain lifting the quarantine for Brits.

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holiday bookings ‘explode’ as travel restrictions ease

UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash
UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash

Holiday companies have seen bookings “explode” as COVID-19 travel restrictions are set to be relaxed next week, the BBC reported.

From 6 July, Brits will be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend two weeks in quarantine upon their return.

A spokesperson for Britain’s leading tour operator TUI said this is a “hugely positive step forward”.

“We’ve already seen bookings increase by 50% this week, versus last [week], with holidays to Spain and Greece looking the most popular this summer,” said Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland.

Lastminute.com reported an 80% increase on holiday sales compared to last week, attributed to Spain lifting the quarantine for Brits.

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