Industry to hold Day of Action to ensure safe return to travel
by Selling Travel Editorial
The travel industry is being urged to take part in a day of action on June 23 to put pressure on the UK Government to support a safe return to international travel.
The event is being led by a number of associations, including the Business Travel Association, Advantage Travel Partnership, ABTA and Airlines UK, who are among the members of the Save Future Travel Coalition.
It will involve an organised lobby at the Houses of Parliament and events across other parts of the UK and will be the culmination of intense lobbying and political engagement pledged over the next few weeks.
The event is intended to generate and attract national media attention and will also seek to gain traction on social media.
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association 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.”
Julia Lo Bue-Said, Chief Executive of Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “We all need to be pulling together towards this one single date, so it has the greatest media and political impact.
“It is imperative the industry speaks with one clear voice to demand action from the government urgently on the safe recovery of travel and tourism.”
Steve Hartridge, Editorial Director at BMI Publishing, publishers of Selling Travel said: "The Day of Action promises to be the most united move yet by an industry that has been treated with total disdain since the beginning of the pandemic.
"It is almost unbelievable that, for a second year running, agents, operators and thousands of others whose very livelihoods largely depend on people travelling during the summer months again find themselves in such in a worrying position.
"It is no longer good enough for the Government to severely restrict overseas travel while not providing a coherent set of reasons why, nor offering a clear and confidence-boosting set of signposts that point a way out of this.
"The double punch of a flip-flopping policy and no tailored financial support for the sector will spell disaster for many. This Action Day needs to make a difference."
The coalition is calling for the UK Government to allow international travel to return safely and in a risk managed way by properly implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan.
It is also urging ministers to bring forward a package of tailored financial support to recognise that the unlocking of international travel will be much slower than first anticipated and more gradual than for businesses in the domestic economy.
The day of action will take place just ahead of June 28, when the Government is due to review both the traffic light list and the requirements, measures and systems in place for international travel.
Activities on June 23 will start from 12.30pm, allowing attendees time to travel down to London for the day.