Travel news latest: Fresh blow to ski season as France closes nightclubs for a month

Travel trade body Abta has warned that reintroduced restrictions could “tip some companies over the edge”, unless Government help is provided.   

Abta chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said ministers “should be looking to soften the blow” of the omicron-related rules by providing financial support to travel firms.  

“Ministers have previously explained to us that the Government’s approach is to enable the travel industry to trade their way out of this crisis, instead of providing support. However, it is clear they have now abandoned this approach,” he said.  

New data from Abta has underscored the impact of the pandemic on the sector. Among its findings was that employment across the travel industry has halved since March 2020. Meanwhile, the volume of new bookings taken across summer and autumn this year was just 28 per cent of the same period in 2019.

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