Britons can take long vacations to Europe’s green getaway – Ferry Boss

Britain eager for sunny getaways as the Covid-19 pandemic cuts its carbon footprint by switching to long-distance destinations in favor of holidays in Europe, a yacht industry owner has said.


The Omicron version continues to spread around the world, putting health agencies under significant strain, with hopes that some restrictions may soon ease.

But an increase in UK holidaymakers heading to Europe could spell a headache in Dover, with 20-mile queues not easing coronavirus border checks by Easter, said Chris Parker, director of capacity and ferry Said passenger performance for operator DFDS.


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DFDS delivers Dover sewage (top) and Cte d’Ople at the Port of Dover in Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Speaking to the PA news agency about the year ahead, Mr. Parker said consumer confidence in travel is low because “opaque” rules change with “the frequency of dizziness,” but he expects demand to pick up in 2022. There will be a resurrection.

As well as the challenges of the pandemic, he said the travel industry is still coming to grips with Brexit and how to pursue a greener, more sustainable future.

Asked about the ban on UK nationals traveling to France a few days before Christmas, Mr Parker lauded the “very good news” last week that the UK government had rolled back its core restrictions.

“(We) are hearing that we may soon hear something from the French government to say that they are doing the same thing,” he said.

From Friday, fully vaccinated travelers and travelers under the age of 18 arriving in the UK are no longer required to take the pre-departure lateral flow test.

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DFDS Ferry owner Chris Parker said checking things like passenger locator forms and vaccination passports at the border could remain an issue (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Travel restrictions have evolved and changed as the pandemic took on new forms and challenges, often with little notice.

Sadly, this has led to “considerable abuse” of DFDS employees at the border, Mr Parker said.

Checking things like passenger locator forms and vaccination passports means more time taken for travelers at the border, which can continue to be an issue.

“Any significant withdrawal in terms of number of passengers, which will add to the problem.

“It’s really, really important that we don’t find ourselves around Easter, for example, doing a check like this because it just won’t work.

“The effect will be 10, 20 miles of queues on the motorways back to Kent – no question about it – and in fairly short order.”

I think there will probably be a shift away from long distance towards local vacations a little bit, and I think there is an element of sustainable travel, green travel inherent in it as well.Chris Parker, DFDS

If travel demand eventually returns to pre-pandemic levels, Mr Parker also predicts that behavior will change over the holidays.

“I think there will probably be a shift away from long distance to a little bit more local vacations, and I think there is an element of sustainable travel, green travel inherent in that as well.”

They argued that traveling by ferry is better for the environment than by plane and that the Dover-Calais route carries vital food and medical supplies to the UK.

“Those ships are going back and forth anyway, so if you are traveling as a passenger your footprint is offset by the fact that you are doing something that is happening anyway,” Mr. Parker he said.

DFDS recently invested in a fleet of electric trucks and aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050.