Wishart seeks urgent talks on Northlink group booking cancellations

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.”

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