Political Update

  • The government has confirmed that there are no additions to or removals from the travel corridor list in England today. The list continues to be kept under review with Greece, Portugal and Turkey on the watchlist.
  • Scotland has removed Greece from the list of exempt travel corridor destinations effective from 04:00 Thursday 3 September.
  • The Welsh government has removed the following countries and territories from their travel corridor list: Mainland Portugal (the Azores and Madeira will remain exempt to quarantine requirements); Gibraltar; Greek islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesvos, Paros, Antiparos and Crete effective 04:00 on Friday 4 September.

 Scottish Update

  • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has published ‘Protecting Scotland, Renewing Scotland: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2020-2021’, which sets out the actions the Scottish Government is taking “to ensure Scotland’s economic, health, and social recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond”. A safe and strong recovery for tourism is cited as being vital to economic recovery, inclusive growth and wellbeing. The Tourism Strategy ‘Scotland Outlook 2030’ (published in March 2020) is referenced as providing the framework for recovery, which will see the Scottish Government work with VisitScotland to develop a recovery marketing strategy, to identify medium/long-term market opportunities to support tourism and increase visitors.
  • Highlights from the plan include: extending the rural tourism infrastructure fund, working with the Tourism Recovery Taskforce on sector skills, creating a culture collective, fostering tech innovation and support for a Green Recovery and Blue Economy action plan as well as reform of APT when a solution to the Highlands and Islands exemption issue has been found with HM Treasury.
  • Plans for the implementation of a Transient Visitor Levy were put on hold as part of the response to the COVID‑19 crisis and in recognition of the severe economic impact COVID‑19 has had on the sector. The Scottish Government’s stated priority is to work with the sector to ensure a ‘vibrant and sustainable future for the tourism industry in Scotland’ and future consideration of the levy will take account of the changed context the industry is operating in.

 Other government updates

  • DCMS is carrying out a second COVID Business Impact survey, the answers to which will be used to inform policy preparedness in the tourism, culture and other DCMS sectors. The survey should take around 10 minutes and can be found here with responses required from tourism businesses by 8 September.
  • Early experimental data has been updated on the impact of coronavirus on the UK economy and society, including data on the business impacts of the coronavirus, social impacts on Great Britain, company incorporations and voluntary dissolution applications, online job adverts, footfall and road traffic. Latest report includes data collected up to 30 August.
  • Restaurants and other food service businesses that have already registered for Eat Out to Help out must submit a claim for reimbursement until 30 September 2020.

 Situation update 3 September 2020