The Government has added 14 new countries and territories to its green list of destinations from which travellers do not have to self-isolate on their return.
They include Spain’s Balearic islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and other smaller islands), Malta, Madeira and a number of Caribbean destinations.
Mr Shapps told Sky News: “It does mean there is a little bit of relief for the travel industry and for people who wish to get away.
“It won’t be quite like it was in 2019 and the old days, but we are moving in a positive direction.”
However, all of the additions except Malta were also put on a watch list, which means they are at risk of returning to the amber list.
A number of popular hotspots such as France, Greece, Italy and mainland Spain remain in the amber tier.
Travellers returning to the UK from those locations must self-isolate at home for 10 days, making holidays unviable for many people.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has said the firm shares customers' concerns and frustrations over travel restrictions.