Coronavirus Update Tourism Alliance – Update July 2nd

Update July 2nd

  • Clarification On Testing

The main public guidance on what people can and cannot do has been updated to tell people that they should use a PCR test rather than a lateral flow test  if they have any Covid symptoms, even if they are mild.

  • UNCTAD Report On Global Tourism

The UN’s Conference on Trade and development has published a report on global tourism. The main finding in the report is that The number of international tourist arrivals declined by 74% in 2020 compared with 2019 and that the beginning of the year 2021 has been worse for most destinations, with an average global decline of 88% compared to pre-pandemic level. Experts interviewed in the course of the study do not expect a return to pre-COVID arrival levels at least 2023 with nearly half not expecting a return to 2019 levels until at least 2024 due to travel restrictions, slow containment of the virus, low traveller

confidence and a poor economic environment.

As part of the study they have modelled three scenarios

    • Scenario One

A reduction in tourist arrivals as observed in 2020. Reductions averaged 74% with considerable variation between countries. This average reduction is close to the 75% reduction in UNWTO’s pessimistic scenario.

    • Scenario Two

A reduction in arrivals averaging 63%, which the UNWTO sees as an optimistic outcome in 2021.

    • Scenario Three

Takes into account varying rates of vaccination and assumes a 75% reduction in countries with low vaccination rates, and a 37 per cent reduction in countries with relatively high vaccination rates.

Using these three scenarios the UNCTAD has calculated that:

  • Under Scenario One

UK GDP will be 3.2% lower and employment will be 5% lower

  • Under Scenario Two

UK GDP will be 2.3% lower and employment will be 3.6% lower

  • Under Scenario Three

UK GDP will be 1.6% lower and employment will be 2% lower

It is worth noting that the impact on the UK economy under these scenarios has been modelled on the basis on a 60% reduction in inbound tourism to the UK this year, which a far smaller reduction than the 78% reduction forecast by VisitBritain, so the impacts on the UK’s GDP and employment levels could be greater than indicated in this study.


  • Transport Usage

It wouldn’t be a Wednesday without the latest transport use figures from DfT and as per usual, they indicated that there has been no change in public transport use over the last month. Indeed, the latest figures suggest that usage of the rail network has actually decreased by 10% over the last month and us now back down to about 45% of normal for this time of year.

  • Traffic Light Lists Updated

The lists of countries in the different traffic light lists has been updated to take account of the recently announced changes that came into force at 4am this morning. If you’ve for gotten what these are, Anguilla, Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory, Antigua and Barbuda, Balearic islands, Barbados, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Madeira, Malta, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands moved from the Amber list to the Green list. Meanwhile, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda moved from Amber List to the Red List.

Update June 29th

Your Content Goes Business Travel Seminar Tomorrow

The Government is hosting a webinar from 2-3pm tomorrow to discuss the new rules, and to support those who need to travel to Europe for business. You may need a visa, a work permit, or to complete declarations for goods or cash you’re taking with you.

The session will cover:

  • The latest government guidance on the new rules for business travel to Europe.
  • Key actions that corporate travel managers and business travellers need to be aware of for travel to the EU.
  • A brief discussion of how the latest Covid-19 travel guidelines impact travel.

You can register to attend the webinar on the following link

Councils Asked To Be Flexible Regarding Campsites

The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, wants Councils to support the extension in the number of days that temporary campsites can operate by “asking and expecting local councils to take a flexible approach to the enforcement of regulations” in order to increase tourism and rebuild local economies. In includes “a flexible and proportionate approach to the enforcement of planning controls, including restrictions through planning conditions on existing campsites, which may limit the temporary extension of commercial campsites for leisure use over this holiday season.”

Wedding Guidance Updated

The guidance for weddings has been updated with additional retail regarding risk assessments, social distancing measures, singing and dancing, serving food and drink, and enforcement. Of note are the following extracts from the guidance:

  • there is no legal requirement for guests to be placed on socially distanced tables, or on tables of 6 or 2 households, including in a COVID-secure venue at these events. However, it is important to consider the risks of not social distancing and the increased risks of close contact, and you should consider taking steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, as set out in the meeting friends and family guidance.
  • if the event is taking place at a COVID-secure venue where alcohol is served, all food and drink (including non-alcoholic drink) must be ordered, served and consumed by the customer while seated. This legal requirement also applies to events in ‘other venues’ such as private gardens, where third party suppliers who provide food and drink are present at the event (such as a catering company that serves the food/drink at the event).
  • indoor and outdoor professional performances can take place, including at a ceremony or reception. Although there is no limit on the number of professional performers that can perform at a ceremony or reception, the number should be determined by how many the venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place between the performers and guests. However, amateur choirs, bands, or musicians should only perform in a group of up to 6 indoors. Outdoors, they may perform in groups of up to 30.
  • Dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple’s ‘first dance’. Dancefloors and other spaces for dancing must remain closed but can be repurposed for additional customer seating or other relevant purposes, ensuring this is in line with the social distancing guidelines.
  • The police, local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive have responsibilities for enforcing the rules that govern weddings. The police can issue directions to individuals, break up illegal gatherings and issue fixed penalty notices against those who do not comply.

Updated Primary Guidance For Tourism And Hospitality Businesses

The primary guidance for businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors has been updated to take into account the changes that the Government introduced for the period 21st June – 18th July. The guidance documents for different sectors are:

Visitor Economy

Hotels And Other Guest Accommodation

Heritage Locations

Performing Arts

New Guidance For Travelling To And From England

The Department for Transport has published new guidance for English residents travelling overseas. The guidance covers:

  • What people need to do before they travel
  • What people need to do before they return
  • What people need to do after they return
  • Travelling with children
  • The rules regarding travelling to Ireland, the rest of the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • Exemptions for work, medical or compassionate reasons

There is no new guidance in the document but it does consolidate existing guidance into one easily understandable document.

There is also a corresponding document for inbound travellers arriving into England from other destinations.

What You Can And Cannot Do Guidance Updated

A small but welcome amendment to the public guidance on what people can and cannot do with Hounslow from list of areas where there’s an enhanced response to the spread of the Delta variant.

What You Can And Cannot Do Guidance Updated

A small but welcome amendment to the public guidance on what people can and cannot do with Hounslow from list of areas where there’s an enhanced response to the spread of the Delta variant.

Consultation On Improving broadband For Very Hard To Reach Premises

DCMS is seeking views and experiences of the tourism sector’s broadband connectivity in rural and remote areas of the UK. In addition, DCMS would also like to receive information on both the known benefits of broadband services and the current barriers to deployment and take-up. Additional evidence, either from the UK or abroad, on technology availability, maturity, capabilities and costs, from suppliers and vendors is also welcomed. The evidence gathered will enable DCMS to assess the options available for delivering improved connectivity to areas where the costs of delivering better digital infrastructure have so far proven to be a barrier to deployment.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 June 2021.

Consultation On Protect Duty Consultation

The Home Office is seeking views on how the Protect Duty can make the public safer at publicly accessible locations. The consultation considers how we can work together to develop proportionate security measures to improve public security. It also considers how those responsible for publicly accessible locations are ready and prepared to take appropriate action, were a terrorist attack to happen. The Home Office is welcoming responses from anyone with an interest in, or experience of, the areas being consulted on within this consultation.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 2 July 2021

More EU Settlement Scheme Seminars

The Home Office has announced another series of seminars on the EU Settlement Scheme which closes for applications on 30 June 2021, The seminars cover:

  • Who needs to apply?
  • What is Settled/Pre-Settled Status ?
  • Late applications
  • Right to Work Checks
  • Support for EU Nationals

These will also be a Q&A session so you can ask any questions that you have.

You, or your employees, can sign up for one of these sessions using the registration links below:

24 June

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Thu 24 Jun 2021 at 16:00 | Eventbrite

28 June

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Mon 28 Jun 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

28 June

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Mon 28 Jun 2021 at 17:00 | Eventbrite

29 June

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Tue 29 Jun 2021 at 08:00 | Eventbrite