TUI is set to resume holidays to Spain and Greece from July with ‘absolute confidence’.
Flights will begin for TUI from July 11th with Brits being able to travel to a number of popular holiday destinations.
The travel company suspended flights and holidays in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve since launched a limited light schedule which has been dependent on latest government advice.
The UK Foreign Office is currently still advising against all non-essential international travel for Brits.
Anybody entering the UK – including anyone who chooses to go holiday – will have to partake in an enforced two-week quarantine.
The quarantine period in the UK is set to be reviewed on June 29th. If this changes, TUI will resume up to 44 flights per week.
TUI will be flying to destinations such as Crete, Kos and Rhodes in Greece as well as Ibiza, Lanzarote and Tenerife on the Spanish routes.
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland said: “We’re of course still waiting on the Government to change its travel advice but we’ve been working really hard behind the scenes and we’re ready to start taking holidaymakers away again in just a few weeks’ time.
“Initially, we are focusing on destinations where we anticipate air bridges being in place, such as Greece and Spain.
“But we know many Brits are eager to travel again, and we have ambitious plans to rapidly increase our programme as soon as possible, to offer even more choice when it comes to holidaying this summer.”
Commercial director Richard Sofer added: “We have absolute confidence that we’re going to be getting a positive result from the Government in time for July.”
TUI have previously promised to only ‘take you on quarantine-free holidays’. They explained that: “This means we won’t travel anywhere with known isolating measures in place.”
Face masks will be mandatory on board TUI flights along with the availability of hand sanitiser sachets, and the advise to remain seated as much as possible.
The update from TUI comes as it was announced that British tourists won’t have to quarantine when they arrive in Spain.
Haven is reopening its caravan parks following latest lockdown announcement
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Following the prime minister’s announcement on Monday, Haven has announced it will be opening its caravan parks from April 12th.
It’s great news for one household families who are looking for a getaway – Haven will be open in England from April 12th.
Two households will be able to stay together from May 17th.
Haven said in a statement: “Following the Government announcement earlier this week with regards to the roadmap out of lockdown measures, we can confirm that our parks will remain closed in England until Monday 12 April.
“We are however, delighted that the roadmap has considered self-contained accommodation to reopen at Stage two and we look forward to welcoming many families to enjoy a coastal break that we pride ourselves on from the 12 April across our parks in England.”
It comes just in time for the Easter half term which ends on April 16th, with holidays in Yorkshire starting from £69.
Haven added: “We would like to thank our guests for their patience and continued understanding whilst we work through this as quickly as we can.”
Currently, this only applies to those in England and guests should expect some restrictions in place in accordance with the lockdown rules.
Indoor entertainment is also unlikely to return but outdoor activities are expected to take place.
It comes after Travelodge also announced a sale on rooms with prices starting as little as £25.
Travelodge launches huge sale with more than 1 million rooms for £25 or less across England
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Travelodge launches sale with breaks available for £25 or less a night in hotels across England.
Following on from Boris Johnson’s announcement at the beginning of this week, Travelodge has confirmed they are now taking bookings from May 17th and have even slashed their prices.
Staycations are likely to stay popular for quite some time with rooms available from just £25 a night – it’s the perfect way to explore the UK this year.
Hotels across the country are included in the deal, from coastal locations like Cornwall and Devon to countryside destinations such as the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Those looking for a city break can grab a bargain night in the likes of London, Liverpool, York and Cambridge.
Family rooms are also included in the sale meaning a stay can cost just £6.25 per person for a night, or those looking for a romantic getaway can grab a room for £12.50 each.
From May 17th, hotels can reopen and holiday homes can be let to groups of up to six people from different households or groups from two households. Holidays in self-contained accommodation can go ahead from April 12th at the earliest.
Holidays in Wales could return from Easter but restaurants and pubs will likely remain closed
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Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford has hinted at what will be open in April in Wales, plus the potential return of holidays.
Holidaymakers could be able to visit Wales for Easter but they’ll find the restaurants, pubs and cafes to be closed.
The Welsh government is publishing a roadmap to reopening schools and the economy this week as Covid cases fall.
As Easter approaches – a crucial period for the hospitality and tourism sector – Drakeford is pressed on what parts of the economy will be opening.
He said a similar policy to last summer could happen first, including self-contained holiday accommodations such as cottages, lodges and some hotel rooms opening.
He added that he did not expect hospitality to be part of the initial reopening of the economy.
Mr Drakeford told BBC Politics Wales: “I can’t imagine we will be opening hospitality in that way but I do want to recognise how important it is.”
When asked if outdoor hospitality could be allowed, he added: “What I think we are looking at for Easter, and I want to recognise how important Easter is for the tourism industry, are the sort of first steps that we offered last year where we were able to reopen self contained accommodation first for people and then demonstrate the success of that and move on.
“That was a welcome move last year.
“If things continue to improve and we are in that position closer to April then I hope we will be able to offer that but we will have to assess that in the conditions at the time.”
UK Hospitality has expressed concern for the industry explaining for every week the sector remains closed, more companies are being put into jeopardy and millions of jobs risk being lost.
The trade association’s chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said: “That is why we urge the prime minister to work with us on delivering a safe, swift and sustainable exit from lockdown for hospitality.”