Travel Weekly aims to help, inform, connect and inspire readers more than ever during this challenging period, says editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley

Confidence in travel’s return appears to be building one minute and dashed the next amid the government’s changing travel restrictions.

But it’s heartening to report this week on the lengths to which MSC Cruises is going to ensure it does not fail in its return to operations in the Western Med from this Sunday. MSC says Brits will be welcome to join its sailings as soon as FCO advice against ocean cruising changes.

Of course, this comes against the backdrop of other cruise lines’ returns not going so smoothly and amid daily media speculation about which countries might be removed next from the government’s travel corridors list. The continual changes breed anxiety among consumers and stall industry momentum. So it’s right to remain cautious about what’s left of the summer, and autumn. At the same time, consumer research suggests underlying demand for overseas holidays in 2021 is as strong as ever.

More and more of you are returning to your shops, call centres and offices to support this progression, and we felt now was the right time for Travel Weekly to show its support for you.

So from next week (August 20), we will be returning to print every week – to help, inform, connect and inspire you in your work as travel adjusts, recuperates and recovers. It’s why we are once again delighted to be Abta’s trade media partner as the association announces details of its 2020 Travel Convention  – destined to be the most important in years. And it’s why we’re bringing together some of the biggest names in the industry for our own Future of Travel Week conference in September. You can find out more, and how to register here.