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​Professor Jo Potier De la Morandiere: Keep Going Together
As we move between the “active” and “recovery” phases of the Covid-19 response and continue to manage the ongoing uncertainty of the situation, we all know that we need to keep physically safe. But do we know how important it is to keep psychologically safe, for ourselves and for our colleagues?
Published - 14/09/2020

​Tim Hames: Will a Vaccine Come?
Researchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, but when can we expect it to be widely available?
Published - 14/09/2020

Members are Invited to the first Virtual ITT Conference
​All ITT Members are invited to attend this year' first Virtual ITT Conference as guests.
Published - 01/09/2020

HIGA Advice Clinic Launched
The Hospitality Insurance Group Action (HIGA) has agreed to hold an Advice Clinic for hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, and other businesses within the hospitality sector who have had claims for Covid19-related business interruption losses rejected by their insurers.
Published - 13/08/2020


#SaveTravel: Grounds for Optimism

Following last Thursday’s Greater Manchester lockdown, the Local Government Minister, Robert Jenrick, said “What we’re concentrating on is a targeted rather than a blanket approach”. How ironic and frustrating, therefore, that his government’s approach to overseas travel is the absolute opposite. The crude blanket approach that has been adopted for travel to Spain and Portugal is a disgrace and will cost the jobs of thousands of travel workers, both here in the UK and abroad.

In Spain, upsurges of coronavirus have taken place in Aragon, Catalonia and Navarra. And yet despite our representations, government policy is to advise against travel to all parts of Spain including the Balearics and the Canaries. Tenerife is over 2500 kilometres from Barcelona, which is almost the same distance as London to Moscow.

The government’s travel policy is totally shambolic. Figures from the Office for National Statistics figures show that Britain had more excess deaths over the first half of the year than anywhere else on the Continent. You will be safer in the Canaries, the Balearics or Madeira than in Greater Manchester, Leicester or Wrexham.

Ministers have been justifiably criticised for their failure to impose travel bans at the height of the pandemic. Back in March and April we were still allowing 15,000 people a day to enter the UK, including from the USA, China and Italy. We did not even ask them to self-isolate. This time, it seems that ministers are determined not to make the same mistake again, but they are clearly over-reacting. It is in no-one’s interest to revoke quarantine-free corridors with just six hours’ notice.

Thankfully, it looks as if there may be grounds for optimism with the recent announcement that two on-the-spot tests that can detect coronavirus within 90 minutes are to be rolled out across Britain this autumn. The new testing machines are already operating in eight London hospitals. These new Lampore tests can process up to 15,000 samples a day and could be used for all UK arrivals. We are calling for a dedicated testing regime to be implemented as soon as possible across all UK airports and ports in addition to a more sensible targeted and regional approach from government.

Dr Steven Freudmann
Chairman Institute of Travel & Tourism  

Published: Tuesday, August 04, 2020

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