Battered UK travel industry calls for coronavirus testing, more support

Battered UK travel industry calls for coronavirus testing, more support
Britain set up the taskforce earlier in October to look at ways of reducing the 14-day quarantine period, which has killed travel demand. (AFP)
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Updated 14 October 2020

Battered UK travel industry calls for coronavirus testing, more support

Battered UK travel industry calls for coronavirus testing, more support
  • Only 15 percent of 2,000 Britons surveyed took a foreign holiday compared to 64 percent the previous year

LONDON: Britain’s travel industry called on the government for an airport testing regime and more tailored support as it published figures showing how the pandemic has sapped demand for the overseas trips that are its lifeblood.
ABTA, the UK industry body representing 4,300 travel brands, said that between February and July 2020, which included the country’s three-month lockdown period, only 15 percent of 2,000 Britons surveyed took a foreign holiday compared to 64 percent the previous year.
That has hit airlines and travel companies hard, with tens of thousands of job losses already made in the sector, and more expected when the government’s furlough scheme comes to an end later this month.
According to the data, 93 percent of consumers said they were worried over last minute changes to Britain’s quarantine rules, with ABTA blaming the government’s approach for exacerbating people’s reticence to travel.
“It is vital that the Global Travel Taskforce launched this month to consider a testing regime, and other measures to support recovery of the travel industry, acts decisively and urgently to help increase consumer confidence and get the industry moving again,” ABTA said in a statement on Wednesday.
Britain set up the taskforce earlier in October to look at ways of reducing the 14-day quarantine period, which has killed demand and left travel firms, airlines and airports struggling financially.


SABIC to begin construction of plastic recycling facility in the Netherlands

SABIC to begin construction of plastic recycling facility in the Netherlands
Updated 23 January 2021

SABIC to begin construction of plastic recycling facility in the Netherlands

SABIC to begin construction of plastic recycling facility in the Netherlands
  • The construction phase for the unit is expected to become operational in the second half of 2022
  • The project will be realized under a 50:50 joint venture

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) and Plastic Energy Ltd. announced plans to commence construction on the first commercial unit to produce its flagship certified circular polymers.

The construction phase for the unit, which will be located in the Netherlands, is expected to become operational in the second half of 2022.

The project will be realized under a 50:50 joint venture. It will be implemented with a top sector energy subsidy from the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands.

The new unit will enable SABIC to significantly upscale the production of certified circular polymers to provide customers with greater access to sustainable materials which have been recycled, repurposed and produced in a way that can help protect our planet’s natural resources, while acting as a drop-in solution.