Coronavirus had a big impact on the travel and leisure sector due to a decline in tourism because of travel bans and lockdown restrictions. However, the past summer showed a very different outcome as travel bans and restrictions were eased in many different countries. An article summarised the numbers from the Office of National Statistics:
It is great to see the UK bouncing back, however, it may be too soon to say that things are getting back to normal. The new omicron variant is causing quite the stir as face mask mandates are being implemented again from Tuesday the 30th of November. People will have to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport in England from Tuesday, the government has said.
While it is too soon to say how this new variant will affect the leisure industry in terms of lockdown, travel bans are now being put in place in the UK for international travellers and covid restrictions may impact the sector in a negative way.
Whether or not we go into a lockdown, it will be best to dust off the facemasks to wear for now.
Reflecting a boom for holidaying in the UK while international travel restrictions largely remained in place, the latest snapshot showed activity in accommodation and food services, as well as the arts, entertainment and recreation, contributed the most to growth in the service sector of the economy.