WTTC blames UK government for slow tourism recovery | News


The World Travel & Tourism Council has argued the year-on-year recovery in the UK may only claw back a third, while international travel spending continues to plummet.

Latest research from the body shows the recovery has been severely delayed by the lack of spending from international visitors.

WTTC blames strict travel restrictions, such as the destructive ‘traffic light’ system, for wreaking havoc on the sector.

Now, despite its highly successful vaccine rollout, the UK is set to record further losses in inbound visitor spending than the previous year, during which international travel ground to an almost complete standstill.

At the current rate of recovery, WTTC research shows the UK sector’s contribution to the nation’s economy could rise year on year by just under a third (32 per cent) in 2021, broadly in line with the global average of 31 per cent.

However, research conducted by the global tourism body goes on to show the increase has been primarily spurred on by the recent boom in domestic travel, with domestic spending growth set to experience a year-on-year rise of 49 per cent in 2021.

While this surge in domestic travel has provided a much-needed boost, it will not be enough to achieve a full economic recovery and save millions of jobs still under threat.

The research reveals that international spending is predicted to plunge by nearly half on 2020 figures – one of the worst years on record for the tourism sector – making the UK one of the worst performing countries in the world.

While other countries, such as China and the United States, are set to see a rise in inbound international travel spending this year, the UK lags behind and continues to record significant losses.

Severe travel restrictions, ever-changing policies, and barriers to travel to the UK, such as the current requirement for visitors to take an expensive day two PCR test after arriving in the country, have had their toll.

Julia Simpson, WTTC chief executive, said: “WTTC research shows that while the global tourism sector is beginning to recover, the UK continues to suffer big losses due to continuing travel restrictions that are tougher than the rest of Europe.

“Despite government announcements the UK still has a red list, costly PCR tests and a requirement for day two tests which simply put people off travel.

“Just as the world opens up the UK has more requirements for the double vaccinated than our neighbours.”





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NHS COVID app outage sees users miss flights after being unable to access COVID passes | UK News


The NHS app and website experienced an outage on Wednesday afternoon, with users unable to access their digital COVID vaccine passes, NHS Digital said.

One traveller told Sky News she had missed her flight to France as a result of the app crashing.

An NHS COVID Pass shows proof of a coronavirus vaccination as well as test results.

NHS Digital confirmed the service had been “temporarily unavailable between 11.45am and 3.15pm”.

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But some panicked NHS app users with imminent travel plans were forced to pay for new flights after being unable to board without proof of vaccination.

Caroline Frost, a journalist and broadcaster, told Sky News she had a choice of paying £420 for an express PCR test and a flight later this evening or £80 to fly out tomorrow.

She was due to fly from Heathrow to Nice on business but has now rebooked to leave on Thursday.

“I had all this previous documentation, but there was nothing they could do,” she said.

“There is proof I have been through this many times, I have ticked all the boxes, I don’t have COVID, I have a double vaccination test in my hand, I just don’t have the app.

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Caroline Frost returned home after being unable to board her flight

“It was a jobsworth moment. She said I sympathise, but there is nothing I can do. She phoned her superior, there was nothing he could do. There we were.

“It was immensely frustrating, and it felt like such a waste of money. And of course, when the app is up and running I am the same person, I’m going to be in the same condition of vaccinated eligibility to travel.”

An NHS Digital spokesperson said: “The NHS COVID Pass service was temporarily unavailable between 11:45 and 15:15 today as a result of a technical issue with a global service provider that affected many different organisations.

“Following an urgent investigation, this has been fixed and COVID Passes are available both via the NHS App and online.”

People travelling abroad or attending events and venues in England may be asked for proof of their COVID-19 status, which is why instant access to the COVID Pass is important.

Callum Melia, from Liverpool, who is currently on holiday in Naples told Sky News he had been unable to visit a number of museums he had prebooked as he could not prove his vaccination status, costing him around £20.

He said: “We found upon arrival we couldn’t access the app and gain entry to the museums.

“This lasted from about 12 – 5.

“We could only gain access to the app once we arrived back at the Airbnb so there was not much else we could do in the meantime.”

Earlier this month, Scotland’s newly launched vaccine passport app was also hit by technical problems, meaning people are unable to register their details on it.

People attending large events and nightclubs in Scotland now need to show proof using the app that they have had two doses of vaccine before they are allowed in, but just hours after the app’s launch, social media users said they were unable to register on it.

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PM refuses to rule out vaccine passports

Last month, Boris Johnson said the government wants to avoid the introduction of COVID vaccine passports in England “if we possibly can”, but added they would be an option to be kept “in reserve”.





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NHS investigating ‘issues’ as some users unable to access COVID pass on app and website | UK News


The NHS app and website is currently experiencing issues with users unable to access their digital COVID vaccine passes, NHS Digital has said.

Panicked NHS app users with imminent travel plans have reacted to the COVID pass outage on Twitter – with some fearing they could miss flights.

An NHS COVID Pass shows proof of a coronavirus vaccination as well as test results.

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“There are currently issues with accessing the Covid Pass on the NHS App and website. We are investigating the issue and will update as soon as we can,” NHS Digital said in a tweet.

People travelling abroad or attending events and venues in England may be asked for proof of their COVID-19 status.

Social media users replied saying they were due to travel today and asked for advice.

“Is there any estimation of how long the fix will take? Due to travel in 4 hours time, but won’t be if the app isn’t working again,” one person tweeted.

Another Twitter user said he had missed his flight due to the problem.

While someone else replied: “Not good. Flying in the morning. Need pass. Stressful.”

The service seems to be intermittent with some people able to download their passes if they keep trying.

Earlier this month, Scotland’s newly launched vaccine passport app was also hit by technical problems, meaning people are unable to register their details on it.

People attending large events and nightclubs in Scotland now need to show proof using the app that they have had two doses of vaccine before they are allowed in, but just hours after the app’s launch, social media users said they were unable to register on it.

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PM refuses to rule out vaccine passports

Last month, Boris Johnson said the government wants to avoid the introduction of COVID vaccine passports in England “if we possibly can”, but added they would be an option to be kept “in reserve”.





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Portugal holidays: UK Government updates travel advices for vaccinated Britons | Travel News | Travel


The latest update to the travel advice for Portugal said: “If you have an NHS COVID-19 Pass or an EU digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before you travel, or an EU COVID-19 recovery certificate showing you have recovered from COVID-19 no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days of when you are due to travel: 

“You do not need to have a COVID-19 test to enter Portugal, however some airlines have not yet updated their requirements. Check with your airline before you travel.

“Be prepared to show a digital or paper copy of your COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate when you check-in for your flight, and complete an online passenger locator card.”

Unvaccinated passengers will still need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Portugal.

Before the rules were changed, Portugal only accepted the EU vaccination certificate and a few other third country vaccination certificates but not the UK.

READ MORE: The countries British tourists still can’t visit





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Covid-19 Live Updates: Govt withdraws travel advisory that added COVID-19 related additional checks, restrictions on those arriving from the UK


Revised guidelines for UK nationals arriving in India issued on October 1, 2021, stand withdrawn, and earlier guidelines on international arrival dated February 17, 2021, shall be applicable for those arriving in India from the UK: Ministry of Health

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– NCP chief Sharad Pawar

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Govt scraps basic customs duty on crude varieties of palm, soyabean and sunflower oil till March 31; also cuts agri cess

Farmers were crushed to death in Lakhimpur. Farmers alleged that son of MoS was present. After SC observation, he was arrested. Ruling party should take a stand. Neither UP CM nor MoS Home can escape. MoS Home should resign

– Sharad Pawar, NCP

Top Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist commander Sham Sofi killed in encounter with security forces in Tral area of Pulwama

– IGP Kashmir

Invesco says it facilitated tie-up talks between India’s Reliance and Zee

Invesco said on Wednesday it facilitated talks between India’s Reliance Industries and Zee Entertainment earlier this year on a possible tie-up, revealing for the first time that India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, was interested in the television giant. But the U.S. investment firm rejected allegations from Zee that it was resorting to double standards by objecting to a potential merger with Sony Group’s India unit with terms similar to those discussed with Reliance.

Revised guidelines for UK nationals arriving in India issued on October 1, 2021, stand withdrawn, and earlier guidelines on international arrival dated February 17, 2021, shall be applicable for those arriving in India from the UK: Ministry of Health

Drugs on cruise matter | Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned filmmaker Imtiaz Khatri for questioning. He has been asked to appear before the agency on October 14: NCB

Sharad Pawar takes on NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede

“I have tried to take information about Wankhede from officials as he was posted earlier in the airport. I have come to hear some stories but I don’t have the complete picture so I won’t speak about it.” “However have to point out that NCB a central agency is in Mumbai for several days but if you look at the seizures made by them in different cases then the quantity is quite small. They have made seizures of small pouches in pockets or small grams. The Anti Narcotics Cell of the state government have comparatively made bigger seizures and hence, one thing is clear that the state agencies are doing an honest and straight forward job while the NCB is doing high profile arrests just to show the Centre that it is doing some thing.”

Centre is misusing some institutions like CBI, Income Tax, ED, NCB for politics

– NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Another encounter underway in Kashmir

The encounter has started at Tilwani Mohalla in Tral area of Awantipora. Police & security forces are on the job: J&K Police

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Odisha reports 615 fresh Covid-19 cases; 7 deaths in a day

Lakhimpur violence: Ashish Mishra’s friend Ankit Das appears before SIT

Sprinter Hima Das tests positive for COVID-19

SOPs for COVID19 protocols for Chhath Puja celebrations will remain the same as SOPs for all other festivals: ANI quoting government Sources

Drugs on cruise matter

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) hands over copies of their reply to the concerned lawyers on bail applications of Aryan Khan and others. NCB has opposed bail for each accused.

We have two demands in the Lakhimpur injustice case – fair judicial inquiry, Immediate dismissal of the Minister of State for Home

– Rahul Gandhi

India will have a vaccine capacity of 28 crore doses this month. 22 crore Covishield and 6 crore Covaxin; 60 lakh ZyCoV-D doses are also ready: ANI quoting govt sources

NIA conducts searches at multiple locations in J&K and arrests 4 persons in J&K terrorism conspiracy case

Two sitting SC judges should probe Lakhimpur incident, those who committed murder should be punished: Rahul Gandhi to President Kovind

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PM Modi says taxpayers’ money was insulted in past due to delays and a lethargic approach to development work

In the 5 years before 2014, only 60 panchayats could be connected with optical fiber. In the last 7 years, we have connected more than 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with optical fiber: PM

Before 2014, the metro was running on only about 250 km of track. Today the metro has been expanded up to 700 km and work is going on on one thousand km new metro route: PM

Infrastructure development has been far from the priority of most of the political parties. It was never been part of their manifesto… but it has been known that quality infrastructure is a way to sustainable development which builds economy & generates employment

– PM Modi

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We have not only developed a work-culture of completing the projects within the stipulated time frame, but today efforts are being made to complete the projects ahead of time

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PM Gatishakti National Master Plan is going to take India’s self-confidence, self-confidence, to the resolve of self-reliance. This National Masterplan will give impetus to 21st century India: PM

GatiShakti will be a game changer…

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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates PM GatiShakti-National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity & new exhibition complexes of ITPO

GatiShakti Highlights

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  • PM GatiShakti to generate multiple employment opportunities, cut down of logistics cost, improve supply chains and make local goods globally competitive

Initially we thought it’s impossible to do

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Jilted lover killed 14-year-old girl in Bibwewadi area of Pune on Tuesday, police say

“The girl died on the spot. A case has been registered and a team has been formed to nab the accused,” said DCP (Zone 5) Namrata Patil. Pune city police has arrested the main accused Rishikesh Bhagwat, aged 22 years, in this case. Three more accused who are minors are also detained.

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58,63,63,442 samples tested for COVID19 up to 12th October 2021. Of these, 13,25,399 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research

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Share a tip on autumn colours in the UK for a chance to win a £200 holiday voucher | Travel


As the foliage turns from summer greens to the yellows, reds and golds of autumn it is time to savour the changing seasons and take an opportunity to head into the outdoors for some leaf peeping.

Tell us where can you enjoy a magnificent autumn display with an abundance of fiery, colourful foliage – whether it’s a park, a beauty spot or a woodland walk, maybe with a pub or coffee shop on the way – with websites and prices where appropriate.

If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the competition.

Keep your tip to about 100 words

The best tip of the week, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will win a £200 voucher to stay at a Sawday’s property – the company has more than 3,000 in the UK and Europe. The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website, and maybe in the paper, too.

We’re sorry, but for legal reasons you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.

The competition closes on 19 October at 9am BST

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New Covid Travel Rules in UK from Today. What it Means For Travellers From India?


International Travel Update: In a piece of good news for travellers from India, fully vaccinated Indians with Covishield or any other UK-approved vaccine travelling to the UK will not have to undergo quarantine from Monday (October 11) i.e., today, British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, said on Thursday.Also Read – International Flights: India Restarts Visa-free Travel For Nationals of THIS Country. Check Details

Ellis tweeted, “No quarantine for Indian travellers to United Kingdom fully vaccinated with Covishield or other UK-approved vaccine from October 11. Thanks to Indian government for close cooperation over last month.” Also Read – Amid Corona Third Wave Scare, Delhi Airport Sees a Large Footfall of Passengers | WATCH

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New Covid Travel Rules in UK from Today. What it Means For Travellers From India?

Earlier, the UK travel advisory had made 10-day quarantine mandatory for Indian travellers, including those who have received both doses of Covishield manufactured by Pune’s Serum Institute of India (SII). However, after facing staunch criticism from across different quarters of the country, the UK travel advisory has now accommodated Covishield as an approved vaccine in the UK.

Here’s All You Need to Know

  • So, if you are fully vaccinated,  then prior to your departure, you will have to book and pay for a day 2 Covid-19 test which is to be taken after your arrival in UK. The passengers will also have to fill in a passenger locator form 48 hours before arriving in England.
  • Note that you will be considered fully vaccinated only if you had taken the second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days, the government advisory said.
  • Meanwhile the UK government has accepted Covishield and India’s vaccine certificate. “India will be added to this list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination 4am Monday 11 October. If you arrive in England before that date you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated. If you arrive after that, you can use a vaccine certificate to prove your vaccination status,” the UK advisory said.

The new travel advisory that was implemented on October 4 mentioned that, “Formulations of the listed vaccines — Astra Zeneca Covishield, Astra Zeneca Vaxzevira and Moderna Takeda — qualify as approved vaccines.”

In response to the UK quarantine rules for Indians, India had also imposed a 10-day mandatory quarantine for UK nationals arriving in India from October 4 onwards. The move came as a reciprocity of the UK’s decision that people vaccinated with Covishield in India will have to meet the strict mandatory quarantine rules while visiting the UK.

“The measures announced today mark the next step as we continue to open up travel and provide stability for passengers and industry while remaining on track to keep travel open for good,” Britain’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, tweeted.

The British High Commissioner to India also thanked the Indian government for cooperation over last month. As the UK has now eased the travel restrictions for vaccinated Indians to the UK, India may also take steps to reciprocate and ease the present restrictions imposed on UK travellers to India.

Other than India, fully vaccinated travellers from Brazil, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey are now exempt from quarantine.

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New travel rules in UK from October 11. What changes for Indians? | Latest News India


Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti and the Dominican Republic remain on the red list of the UK. Apart from India, vaccinated travellers from Brazil, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey are now exempt from quarantine. 

The United Kingdom is easing its travel restrictions starting from October 11 allowing travellers from more countries to enter the UK. Indians were already allowed to travel to the UK but what changes from October 11 is that those who are vaccinated with both doses of Covishield will not require to undergo 10-day mandatory quarantine in the UK.

Here is all you need to know:

If you are fully vaccinated then before travelling to the UK, you will have to book and pay for a day 2 Covid-19 test which is to be taken after your arrival. The passengers will also have to complete a passenger locator form 48 hours before arriving in England.

You will be considered fully vaccinated if you had taken the second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in Englan. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days, the government advisory said.

The UK government has accepted Covishield and India’s vaccine certificate. “India will be added to this list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination 4am Monday 11 October. If you arrive in England before that date you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated. If you arrive after that, you can use a vaccine certificate to prove your vaccination status,” the UK advisory said.

Only 7 countries on UK red list now

In the latest revision of the travel rules, UK now has only seven countries on the red list which means people from these countries can’t travel to the UK. Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti and the Dominican Republic remain on the red list.

Apart from India, vaccinated travellers from Brazil, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey will be treated the same as returning fully-vaccinated UK residents so long as they have not visited a red-list country in the 10 days before arriving in England, it said.

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Singapore to extend vaccinated travel lane scheme to eight more countries, including US, UK, Spain


OTHER REQUIREMENTS 

Travellers will need to have remained in one or more of the countries under the vaccinated travel lanes – including Singapore – for 14 consecutive days prior to departure to Singapore. 

Those travelling to Singapore under the lanes will need to be fully vaccinated, and will be considered as such two weeks after getting at least two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna or other vaccines on the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing. 

These travellers will be able to present vaccination certificates issued in any of the vaccinated travel lane countries or Singapore, regardless of which country under the travel lanes they depart from. 

They must travel into the country on designated flights, and can transit via another vaccinated travel lane country to take a designated flight into the Singapore. 

Such travellers who are transferring or transiting through Singapore will be allowed to travel on the designated vaccinated travel lane flights, subject to the above requirements. 

Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will need to apply for a vaccinated travel pass to enter Singapore under the travel lanes, but fully vaccinated Singapore citizens and permanent residents will not. 

There will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel and no requirement for a controlled itinerary or sponsor under these arrangements, said CAAS. 

Applications for vaccinated travel passes for those travelling from the eight newly-announced countries will begin on Oct 12 at 10am (Singapore time), for entry into Singapore from Oct 19. 

For South Korea, applications for the passes will begin on Nov 8 at 10am (Singapore time), for entry into Singapore from Nov 15. 

Short-term visitors who require a visa for travel into Singapore are advised to do so after receiving approval for their vaccinated travel pass and before departure. 

They should also purchase travel insurance  with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs, prior to travel, and must use the TraceTogether app while in Singapore for contact tracing.

“To safeguard public health in Singapore, all travellers entering Singapore must comply with the prevailing health and safe distancing measures in Singapore,” said the CAAS.

“As the global COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to adjust our border measures with the appropriate safeguards to ensure public health and safety,” it added. 



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