Industries Again Ask Biden to Reopen Travel, Tourism
With the United Kingdom preparing to further role back COVID-19 restrictions in the coming week, representatives of U.S. travel and tourism trade groups appealed again to the Biden administration to reopen borders to travel.
Currently, the Biden administration continues to enforce the prohibition of entry for most travelers from 36 countries. Those impacted include the U.K. as well as Brazil, China and 29 nations in the European Union.
“The travel industry agrees that being guided by the science is absolutely the correct approach, and the science has been telling us for some time that it’s possible to begin to safely reopen international travel,” said Roger Dow, the CEO of U.S. Travel in a statement published by Travel Weekly.
Hoping to seize on the urgent want of millions to travel, the 24 organizations that developed the new coalition hope to at least modify the policy.
Returns of U.K. Holiday Travel
Certainly, Walt Disney World executives must also be looking at the hopeful return of international travel. The summer holiday often brings millions of guests across the pond to experience the “most magical place on Earth.” Though promotions currently exist for U.K. citizens to travel to the resort, plans for this summer are on hold as residents await a lift on restrictions.
Airlines first began the push to ask President Biden for a quick change to the policy. The coalition now involves the ASTA, Airlines for America, IATA, the U.S. Travel Association, the National Restaurant Association, the American Gaming Association, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association among others.
The coalition specifically asked for the Biden administration to consider entry requirements. They hope for new policy that involves risk profiles and a country’s current coronavirus situation. Though the U.K. still requires the vast majority of visitors from the U.S. to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, the coalition hopes that the U.S. will avoid that step. Instead, they want to travelers to be able to show proof of vaccination to avoid protocol, including proof of a negative COVID-19 test or of recovery from actual infection.
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