Liberal Democrat MSP Beatrice Wishart has said that NorthLink cancelling group bookings could be “very damaging” for the tourism industry.
The ferry operator is not taking group bookings for 2021, and has cancelled all bookings already made for groups, due to Covid-19.
Ms Wishart said that decision was “extremely worrying” for Shetland’s tourism sector.
“This is another blow for the sector after such a challenging year,” she said.
She said she is now seeking “urgent” talks with government ministers about the decision.
Jim Dow, Serco’s commercial director for NorthLink Ferries, said: “Due to the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19, we are not currently accepting group bookings for 2021, but are continuing to closely review the situation and we hope to be able to change this if circumstances allow.
“We are committed to supporting the tourism industry in Shetland and Orkney, and continue to welcome tourists on board our services on a regular basis. This provisional decision will help us support islanders and visitors with their forward bookings and avoid further cancellations.”