Britons unlikely to be holidaying abroad this summer, in blow to tourism industry

Holidays abroad are “extremely unlikely” for most Britons this summer due to the risk of importing new variants of COVID-19, government advisor Professor Mike Tildesley said on Saturday, leaving airlines and travel companies facing a second lost peak season.

Britain has banned travel for most people during the current lockdown and has said overseas holidays will not be allowed until May 17th at the earliest.

Prof. Tildesley said the risk of importing vaccine-resistant variants back into the UK would likely scupper the nation’s annual getaway.

“I think international travel this summer is, for the average holidaymaker, sadly I think, extremely unlikely,” Tildesley told BBC Radio on Saturday.

There are growing concerns about a new wave of infections across Europe, with rising cases in countries like Germany, France and Italy potentially deterring the UK from re-opening travel routes in May.

Asked about international travel, health minister Matt Hancock said on Saturday that the government would say more on April 12th, when it is due to present the details of how and when travel can take place.

“We’ll look at the rates both here and abroad and the impact of new variants to understand whether its safe to make that move,” he told Sky News.

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