Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart is seeking an urgent meeting with Scottish Government Ministers following news that Northlink Ferries has cancelled all tour group bookings for 2021 due to Covid-19.
Ms Wishart has received representations from the hotel industry who have expressed their concerns about the impact of the decision on Shetland’s tourism industry and its recovery from Covid-19. Travel operators received correspondence from Northlink today informing them that “Due to the ongoing concerns over Covid-19, NorthLink Ferries have decided not to take any bookings for Groups in 2021. All 2021 group bookings have been cancelled”.
Ms Wishart said:
“It is of the utmost importance that all appropriate health and safety measures are in place to control the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe. That being said it is extremely worrying for Shetland’s tourism industry for such a stark decision to have been taken at this time, and its impact cannot be under-estimated.
“The cancellation of all group bookings for next year by Northlink will clearly be very damaging for the recovery of the tourism industry that is facing a long winter. This is another blow for the sector after such a challenging year. I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Tourism Secretary and Islands Minister to discuss the situation.”