Tourism bosses hit out after minister says people should not take holidays abroad unless ‘necessary’
Travel bosses were enraged yesterday after a minister said the public should not go on foreign holidays ‘unless it’s absolutely necessary’.
Environment Secretary George Eustice advised Britons not to book overseas breaks and instead travel at home because ‘we’ve got some great places here’.
Anyone who does book a trip abroad should understand that there are risks, he warned.
There is confusion over restrictions as the Foreign Office is still declaring Portugal safe and refuses to advise against to the country and the islands of Madeira (pictured) and the Azores
The comments were met with fury by the travel industry, which said the traffic light system appeared to be dead little more than three weeks after coming into force.
Adding to the confusion yesterday, it emerged that the Foreign Office is still declaring Portugal safe for holidays despite it being downgraded to amber.
It has refused to advise against non-essential travel to Portugal and the islands of Madeira and the Azores.
This will fuel suspicions that ministers went further than Joint Biosecurity Centre data suggested they should when they moved Portugal to amber without first putting it on a watch list to warn of a possible change.
Mr Eustice hinted yesterday that the chance of the green list expanding was slim due to the risk of importing new variants.