Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
The UK government’s announcement yesterday that all travel bans for those entering the country would be lifted has been warmly received by travel workers in Scotland.
The Scottish Passenger Agents Association (SPAA), which represents the country’s travel agents and outbound travel sector, believes the Scottish Government will follow the four-nation procedure and announce their alignment.
SPAA is lobbying for the removal of restrictions on its members to enable recovery of the outbound and inbound travel sector.
Mike Tibbert, president of The Scottish Passenger Agents Association (SPAA), a professional body of travel agents and president of Scotland’s travel sector, commented:
As they enter the week that the country has completed two years since the lockdown, it is really welcome news.
They called on our members to return to “normal business” to end the ban and allow Scottish travelers to take to the skies without having to worry about testing, isolation and the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which Transport Secretary Grant Shaps described as “ridiculously complicated”. .
So, today’s news is needed by both their members and the industry.
The news this week calling for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to lift the patchwork of the remaining EU restrictions is another part of completing the jigsaw of international travel freedom. .
Travelers should not forget that restrictions on entry into the UK have been lifted, there are different restrictions in different countries of the world and these can be complicated to navigate.
Travel agents are ready to help their clients navigate these and make sure they comply.
SPAA celebrated its centenary in 2021 and is the world’s oldest body representing travel agents.
It currently has 120 member companies, all of its affiliated agencies across Scotland with many domestic workers and 92 associate members in the travel and transportation industry.
Tags: International Air Transport Association (IATA), Scottish Passenger Agents Association (SPAA), World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)