Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO of Advantage Travel Partnership, has urged the Government to take a “holistic” approach to any traffic light changes rather than simply tweaking the current “broken framework”.

She criticises the “meaningless testing” for fully vaccinated returning travellers and the “inhumane” hotel quarantine system

Read her full quote below. 

Any plan to scrap the traffic light system needs to be done so in a manner that takes an holistic view of the process and not just putting a sticky plaster over the current broken framework. The onerous and meaningless testing for fully vaccinated travellers needs to go as does the inhumane imprisonment of travellers in hotel quarantine and replace with self- isolation at final inbound destination.

If ministers are minded to develop a new system they need to firstly take a good look at the data which clearly shows positivity rate from international travel was three times lower than that of the UK [since May] and then reflect on where the risk lies.

Travellers are being forced to pay for expensive PCR tests which are  disproportionate to the risk especially from Green and Amber countries where not a single Very High or High Priority VOCs/VUIs were imported in the last 3 week period of data available.

Given every other economic setting in the domestic roadmap has now fully opened and the government is unwilling to extend furlough or offer dedicated support, the government has a duty to the British public, the travel industry and the millions employed in the sector to now do the right thing and stop this chaotic system which is delivering no demonstrable public health benefit.

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