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Will Commons debates offer hope? A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR


There was a sense of giving with one hand and taking with the other this week as the government’s introduction of “island corridors” was immediately followed by the removal of seven Greek destinations from England’s safe list (page 4). The introduction of a regionalised approach for islands will be welcome


particularly for mainstream specialists, which will hope that Covid levels in the Canaries and elsewhere allow for some sort of winter-sun season. But the industry’s primary focus remains the need for a robust testing


regime to reduce the constraints of quarantine, changes to the Foreign Office’s blanket approach to travel advice and, crucially, government acknowledgement that the travel and aviation industries deserve and require special consideration as the end of the furlough scheme approaches.


Travel is not the only industry to be crippled by the impact of the pandemic, nor is it the only one deserving of sector-specific measures. But that should not be a reason for the government to ignore calls to reconsider its one-size-fits-all approach to future wage and business support. The leading industry associations in leisure and business travel this week stepped up their lobbying efforts through the Save Future Travel Coalition. Importantly, they also aligned their calls to government with those of the aviation sector and its major lobbying groups ahead of two parliamentary debates this week (page 4). Travel and aviation are intrinsically linked and key to the economy’s recovery. All will be watching on Thursday to see if those in Westminster will acknowledge that fact and take urgent steps to avoid the destruction of significant parts of both sectors.


Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief, Travel Weekly Group CONTENTS NEWS


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Mark Swords: Government doesn’t care 24 Your Stories


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WHAT LUCY DID THIS WEEK


OHosted a fascinating webcast with Atas members Riviera Travel, Newmarket Holidays and Intrepid Travel about their gradual return to touring.


OBegan recording interviews with speakers for next week’s Future of Travel Week.


OSaw my daughter off on her first day at secondary school, and my son off to year 10. It’s the first time on my own in my house for six months!


Get Social Testing, Virgin, Cook, G Adventures 27


DESTINATIONS WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS


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Secluded Honeymoons: Steer your just-marrieds to our pick of remote resorts, spanning Thailand, Greece, Maldives and Botswana 28


How to Sell: Rebuild your ski clients’ confidence with advice from experts at Crystal Ski Holidays, Transun and Club Med 32


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Japan: Fuse ‘champagne powder’ with country’s unique culture and food


BUSINESS NEWS


Virgin calls for ‘robust testing regime’ 38 Iata: Health concerns is biggest barrier 38 EC supports Covid ‘traffic-light’ system 39 German customer wins refund case 39 Bevan warns ‘no return to normal’


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