ABTA expects Brexit extension to boost summer holiday bookings


Travellers had shown reluctance to book summer holidays amidst Brexit uncertainty, but the extension of Article 50 should boost bookings forecasts ABTA. Anna Tobin reports

The announcement of the new October deadline for reaching a Withdrawal deal with the EU should spur travellers to book holidays, says UK travel trade association ABTA. Although a deal could be reached before 31 October 2019, at present travel throughout the EU can continue as normal and current arrangements with the EU, such as those covering the European Health Insurance Card, pet passports, and driving licences, will remain in place during the extension period.

“The Brexit extension provides certainty for people’s travel plans going into the summer, meaning they can continue to book and travel without the uncertainties that come with a no-deal Brexit,” said Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA. “While many people have already made their holiday plans for this summer, booking early to get the holiday of their choice, others have been waiting to see what happens with Brexit.”

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