Major aviation and tourism bodies call on Government to support safe return to international travel

Major bodies from across the travel and tourism industry have planned a “day of action” on 23 June to “put pressure” on the Government to support a safe return to international travel.

ABTA, Airlines UK, the Airport Operators Association, BAR UK, UKinbound, the Business Travel Association, Advantage Travel Partnership, TTNG, and IATA are among those taking part in the organised lobby, known as the #traveldayofaction.

According to ABTA, which represents around 5,000 travel agents and 900 tour operators across the UK, the industry will call on the Government to:

  • Allow international travel to return safely and in a risk managed way by properly implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan; and
  • Bring forward a package of tailored financial support to recognise that the unlocking of international travel, and hence businesses’ ability to trade and generate income, will be much slower than first anticipated, and more gradual than for businesses in the domestic economy.

The group has also asked every airline, tour operator, travel agent, supplier and partner to get involved and “support the activities of the day” – such as events outside Westminster and across other parts of the UK.

The day of action comes before the Government is due to review the next steps for international travel on 28 June, which will include revisions to the traffic light list.

Commenting on the event, Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA, said: “These next weeks will be critical for the travel industry. We have been working together since the start of the pandemic to make the sector’s case on what the industry needs to get through this crisis and return safely to international travel.

“We’re in a situation where the Government is curtailing overseas travel but isn’t providing tailored support for the travel industry. The longer this goes on the more jobs, livelihoods and businesses are at risk.”

According to the latest statistics, strict quarantine and no-travel rules have cost the tourism industry up to £548 million per day since the start of the pandemic.

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