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Tourism Season Until December If Changes Are Made

The summer visitor season could be extended until the end of this year if the CCA makes further travel rule changes, according to the Guernsey Tourism Partnership.

Members of the GTP want the Civil Contingencies Authority to further review restrictions placed on travellers arriving into the Bailiwick.

It comes as some of the changes announced by Chief Minister Deputy Peter Ferbrache and Dr Nicola Brink on Tuesday come into effect today (23 September).

Anna Lisa Detassis, from the Guernsey Tourism Partnership, says the group welcomes the reduced restrictions on travellers coming from the UK, Ireland and the rest of the Common Travel Area as of 4 October, but the changes don't go far enough to address problems.

"The issues we have seen is the rather complicated system of travel tracker and the test on arrival, on the top of which visitors and residents are asked, also, to pay for the test. Moreover, the time that is necessary for the visitors to wait for a negative test ... We do believe the test should be free, like it is in Jersey.

Eventually we would like to see the test for double vaccinated people removed in its entirety. This is something that the CCA promised to review once the population had a higher vaccination rate. 

We believe the simplification of the travel tracker would definitely have an impact on more visitors coming to the island. We do believe that this year we could have an extended season until probably even December."

It comes as the payroll co-funding scheme is due to end next week on 30 September.

The GTP says without financial support from the States, many businesses will need more visitors to bolster their income over the winter months.

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