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WTTC president and CEO Gloria Guevara

WTTC praises UK government’s vaccine roll out, reiterates call for testing over border closure

The World Travel & Tourism Council has released a statement praising the UK government’s “tremendous progress” with the vaccine rollout and targeted testing to curb Covid-19. The statement from WTTC president and CEO Gloria Guevara (pictured), goes on to warn borders will be harder to reopen under a blanket shutdown.

“The WTTC recognises the tremendous progress made by the UK government to lead the world with its comprehensive vaccine rollout across the country, together with a highly-targeted testing programme, to stop the spread of the virus,” Ms Guevara’s statement said.

She continued: “We believe these two measures are critical to beating Covid-19 and getting the country back on its feet and on the move again. That is why we support the comments made by UK transport minister Robert Courts, who warned borders would be harder to reopen under a blanket travel shutdown.

“WTTC has long opposed costly and ineffective blanket travel bans and quarantines, as they are stalling the country’s economic recovery and significantly slowing the revival of the global travel and tourism sector.

“Shutdowns are also shown to be entirely counterproductive and simply don’t stop the spread of Covid-19, and its emerging variants.”

The WTTC argued that a wider shutdown would be harder to lift, as has been the case in both Australia and New Zealand.

“WTTC believes that the only way to save travel and tourism while protecting public health, is the introduction of an internationally recognised testing scheme on departure and arrival,” the statement added.