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Frustration remains, but there is hope A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR


Trade speakers on our latest Travel Weekly webcasts this week remained frustrated at the uncertainty and complexity around the restart of travel this summer (page 5). But behind that frustration there was also a sense of hope that some of the barriers currently standing in the way of the industry could be overcome, or at least reduced, in the months ahead. That mood of cautious optimism was mirrored by agents in Scotland


as they reopened after lockdown this week, while Jet2 noted the ongoing success of vaccine programmes and some momentum towards recovery in Europe in a trading update on Tuesday. There is a long way to go to stability and battles are still being fought


to get access to crucial business support in the meantime (page 6). But with many eyes focused on the government’s first planned review of travel rules in June, there is still a feeling that significant pent-up demand could yet be released for later in the summer season and beyond. The sentiment of emerging from the eye of the storm and the need to identify and focus on positives was also a recurring theme during our Mental Health Matters Virtual Brunch held this week in partnership with Travelzoo and Celebrity Cruises. I was inspired by the determination shown by agents who have confronted terrible


circumstances in the past 18 months, and if you are in need of your own inspiration as you plot your way out of the pandemic, I’d urge you to check out those interviews and discussions on our Facebook page or on travelweekly.co.uk.


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


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WHAT LUCY DID THIS WEEK


OHosted a webcast about traffic lights, testing and summer travel with Gold Medal, Designer Travel and Cosmos/Avalon


OCaught up with P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow and Hays Travel chair Dame Irene Hays about her appointment as godmother of Iona


OGot my son kitted out for his Duke of Edinburgh silver award expedition. Like mother, like son – I have my gold!


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