In response to Wednesday’s announcement (5 January) that the UK government is scrapping the pre-departure Covid 19 testing for anyone arriving into England (and Wales), from Friday 7 January and switching the day 2 PCR for a lateral flow, Alistair Rowland, Chairman of ABTA, said:
“The scrapping* of the restrictive travel testing measures imposed by the UK government in December, in a bid to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, is a relief for the travel industry and great news for holidaymakers. “The pre-departure test, which has been scrapped in England and Wales, was a major worry for British travellers who feared testing positive on holiday, getting stuck in quarantine abroad and landed with a hefty bill for the privilege. Ditching the pre-departure test and switching the post-arrival Day 2 PCR tests for cheaper lateral flow tests, which could save families hundreds of pounds in testing fees, will help the travel industry enormously and give customers the confidence to book that well-earned getaway, Post-Christmas is traditionally a really busy time for holiday sales but concerns over the testing requirements had been holding people back, until now.
STORY (Seychelles) Resort – A Sustainable Paradise
As its name suggests, STORY (Seychelles) is about creating ‘stories’ for its guests – not only to relish, but also to participate in- during their stay. These will be singular, inspiring stories sparked as much by the bold architecture of the resort itself and its magical melding into its lush environment, as by the curation of empowering, transformational experiences in art, cuisine and the vibrant Seychellois culture designed to define a memorable and personally enriching stay.
Located on spectacular Beau Vallon beach, an icon of tropical delight, this STORY (Seychelles) flagship, with its contemporary, chic ambiance, features 100 rooms comprising villas and suites, a reputed spa and no less than seven different dining venues, each with its own signature ambiance and cuisine. A rare refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern living, this exceptional resort provides its clients with the opportunity to savour an intoxicatingly fresh approach to tropical living, complete with all modern comforts, immersed in a realm of chic décor, sumptuous food & beverages, spacious luxury and the painstaking attention to detail and service which are the hallmark of the STORY Hotels & Resorts brand.
A STORY that Sparks Inspiration.
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