Croft made his comments ahead of UKinbound’s #SaveInboundTourism event which was held in central London on Tuesday (20 July) as a way of putting more pressure on the government.
He added that it was already “too late” for most group tours for the rest of 2021 due to the long lead-in times for these trips.
“We’re running out of tarmac for groups but there’s still an opportunity to get the crumbs – but still very welcome crumbs – from independent travellers,” said Croft.
“It seems deeply iniquitous that businesses have not been able to trade and can see no date when they might be able to trade.”
Rob Russell, chief executive of AC Group, said the inbound travel trade had become the “forgotten end of the whole conversation” with more media coverage given to the reopening of outbound international travel from the UK in recent months.
“We’re now writing off August because with lead-in times we’re going to need six to eight weeks to see…