HOLIDAYMAKERS in Swindon remain reluctant to book overseas trips as the traffic light system and soaring Covid-19 cases continue to bring uncertainty.

In its latest update, the government downgraded the Balearic Islands from the green watchlist to amber and said anybody travelling onto these shores from France must quarantine – even with two vaccines.

Travel agents around the town have felt the pinch.

Manager of Highworth Travel Claire Waldron pointed out the Delta variant was causing countries to close their borders to UK travellers, even though the government allows travel.

She said: “It’s the same as it has been for a while, really, with more and more people being vaccinated I would hope things get better. We’re on the right path but with things spiralling out of control here currently, countries don’t want us. 

"Until we get the Delta variant under control, things are very difficult". 

Rachel O’Reilly, the director of communications for Kuoni, said customers were looking to book a bigger than normal holiday next year.

“We are struggling to get people to book this year, she said. "The current headlines are extremely confusing and confidence in the summer is low. 

“There’s lots of things behind the scenes that we’re doing to get ourselves ready for a strong return. I think people are right to be cautious.

“There’s been no lack of interest and appetite for big trips for all of the destinations that we’re famous for, we’re doing quotes and a lot of upgrading. 

"People couldn’t go on holiday last year and probably won’t this year, so they have money saved up. 

“They’re going to make next year’s holiday a big one, we’re booking lots of bucket list trips. 

"There’s a real hope that the vaccine has kicked in next year, things have settled down and the borders are reopened.”

Sara Dunham, the chief officer of travel and leisure for The Midcounties Co-operative,which covers Swindon, hit out at the traffic light system

“It’s causing continued confusion among holidaymakers," she said. 

"We welcomed the move to remove quarantine for double-vaccinated customers returning from 'amber' destinations, which gave hope to many travellers of a sunshine break this summer.

“However, incidents such as the Balearics moving from 'amber' to 'green' and then back to 'amber' again, in a very short timeframe, are making customers reticent to book getaways for this summer."