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Hoteliers react to government’s travel quarantine scheme

Arrivals from high-risk countries will have to pay to isolate in a hotel under current plans by the government

Hotel groups are reacting to the government’s proposed quarantine plan for international arrivals.

Those travelling from high-risk countries, such as Brazil and Portugal, will have to pay to self-isolate in a hotel under current plans by the government, which will likely cost upwards of £1,000 per person.

Tim Stoyle, head of UK Hotels at Savills, said: “The UK has one of the most mature hotel markets in Europe and hoteliers have shown in the past that they are willing to support the national health effort by offering rooms to NHS staff and others.

“For example, Heathrow airport has a total of 16,240 rooms (10,714 trading), Gatwick has 7,160 rooms (5,859 trading), and I am confident the industry will do its best to fulfil the new Government requirements and provide rooms for those arriving in the country as quickly and safely as possible.”

A spokesperson for OYO Hotels said: “Following the UK government announcement regarding hotel quarantine for international arrivals, OYO Hotels is ready to work with the government to provide accommodation in line with the new protocols.

“With over 250 hotels across the UK, we are well placed to provide convenient, affordable, sanitised accommodation for these purposes.”

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