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Published on Monday, June 22, 2020

Government urged to reveal when holidays can restart

Consumer champion Which? has urged the Government to 'begin telling holidaymakers what is going on' and when they will be able to go abroad.

Which? made the call after TUI revealed it is to restart holidays to a small number of destinations from July 11.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: "As these trips are set to start in just three weeks, and some people are still paying thousands of pounds in holiday balances, the government has to begin telling holidaymakers what is going on.

"If TUI can be given assurances that holidays can restart, then so should the public, who currently have no idea if their trips will go ahead this summer, because they have been told nothing.

"The government needs to immediately clarify when it will review its indefinite advice against non-essential international travel, or we risk a return to the chaos caused at the start of the outbreak." 

Earlier, Boland tweeted that rival tour operators would be 'p****d off that the Government seems to have been privately briefing TUI on when holidays abroad can restart'.

"How is that fair competition?" he added.

TUI said would not respond specifically to Boland's opinion, but said: "The movement towards overseas travel should be seen as extremely beneficially for the whole industry."

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