One thing we can say with certainty about Brexit is that it has divided the country. But there is much uncertainty on the outcome and how a ‘no-deal’ result could affect the UK, so it is understandable that people are acting cautiously before booking an extravagant holiday in 2019, but do they need to be worried?
Uncertain times ahead?
Many industries are concerned about the uncertainty ahead, including the travel and tourism sector, which is valued at £3.8bn per year. There have been reports from the media which may have unsettled the confidence of many travellers, making them hesitate to book a holiday, which would be devastating for the industry as a whole. The Sunday Times reported on the 15th of December that: “Families will be advised not to book holidays after next March, according to contingency plans being drawn up to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.”
Reassurance from ABTA
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and representatives from Downing Street have released statements to dispute claims from the Sunday Times.
An ABTA spokesperson said: “Number 10 has said that the content of the report in the Sunday Times is categorically untrue and The European Commission has said that “even in a no-deal scenario, flights will still operate between the UK and EU, and a visa is not required”.
A spokesperson from Cruise Lines International Association said: “The whole of the travel industry, including the cruise sector, is putting in place myriad contingency plans to deal with the continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit, to ensure as smooth an experience as possible for our customers. To say we were surprised and disappointed to read the story, which is simply not true, in the Sunday Times yesterday is an understatement.”
Book through an ABTA affiliated company
Victoria Bacon, ABTA’s director of brand and business development, said: “As we move into 2019 people’s thoughts are turning to booking holidays for the year ahead and we want to remind them of the importance of booking with an ABTA member, to ensure they travel with confidence.”
If you book your holiday with an ABTA member, like PayingTooMuch.com Holidays, you’ll be able to relax a little earlier, safe in the knowledge that you’ve booked with a reputable travel company. You’ll also be able to take advantage of ABTA's offer of support, protection and expertise.
*UK visits abroad: Expenditure abroad: £ Millions