Summer holidays and Christmas 2021 to be 'written off' says travel expert

HOLIDAYS next summer and even up until Christmas 2021 are being "written off" by the travel industry due to the pandemic.

Families who have had their holidays left in tatters by coronavirus this year may struggle to go abroad to their favourite destinations even next year.

Many are looking to book their holiday for next summer, with destinations like Turkey seeing a booking boom right now.

However, trips could continue to be affected for the next year, due to restricted flights, last-minute lockdowns and the threat of further coronavirus waves.

Travel expert Eoghan Corry told RSVP Live: "What I’m hearing in the industry is a lot of people are writing off summer of 2021. Increasingly, tourist boards are writing it off."

He added that while there are likely to be some trips and travel opportunities next summer, many are fearing that they won't have enough time to restart their offerings by the popular season.

Even worse, next Christmas may suffer the effects too.

He continued: "It does look like we’re looking at Christmas 2021 being written off.

“Airlines are planning to run between one quarter and one third of their normal summer schedule next summer.

“The hardcore travellers will still go, but if we’ve still got quarantine restrictions when people return home, your traditional working people who can’t afford to take two weeks unpaid leave won’t be travelling."

Last-minute lockdowns and travel restrictions may continue even next year, both in the UK and abroad, meaning holidays will still be at risk of changing at short notice.

He added: "The reality is, as things stand, it’s looking like the entire continent of Europe will be bouncing in and out of lockdown for the foreseeable."

There is some hope, however, with the UK government looking at reducing the 14-day quarantine down to just five days, which would encourage families to book holidays abroad once again.

Currently, Brits cannot go on holiday until next month due to the current UK lockdown in place until December 2.

When the lockdown is lifted, only one destination remains open without any travel restrictions – which is Gibraltar.

Both Greece and the Canary Islands are enforcing negative coronavirus tests on all arrivals, while France, Portugal and Turkey remain on the quarantine list.

Holidays which are experiencing a boom are UK staycations.

The summer 2020 boom saw campsites and holiday parks sell out, with predictions of a similar summer in 2021 due to fears of the risks a holiday abroad poses.

National Caravan Council's (NCC) Louise Wood explained many are offering bigger bargains now for next year, as they struggle to survive the winter season.

She told Sun Online Travel: "There are bookings for Easter now – you need to look now because I don't think there is going to be the usual January offers you are going to get.

"They won't offer them because parks are fairly confident that they will get the bookings."

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