Travel industry leaders take a minute to send an urgent message to the Prime Minister, asking him to support the sector now...

Luke Petherbridge – Director of Public Affairs, ABTA

“The livelihood of over one million people in the UK is dependent on international travel.  We need the Government to think again about the financial support it’s offering this industry at this time. We can’t afford to see furlough withdrawn and we need to look again at recovery grants.”

Brad Bennetts – Head of Distribution at easyJet holidays

“The travel industry has continued to face ongoing challenges throughout the pandemic, much more so than any other industry. We need to do more to rebuild customer confidence by providing a clear roadmap to restarting travel and greater sector specific support.”

Kelly Cookes – Leisure Director, Advantage Travel Partnership

“Travel agents need a clear roadmap so that they can trade their way out of this. We need more clarity on how the data is being used and better communication on how it is being interpreted so that agents and operators can plan ahead for the next few months."

Danny Callaghan – CEO, Latin American Travel Association

“Travel agents need a clear roadmap so that they can trade their way out of this. We need more clarity on how the data is being used and better communication on how it is being interpreted so that agents and operators can plan ahead for the next few months."

Chris Lee – PATA board member

“If we’ve had a true failing, it’s that the travel industry has not been vocal enough and not held this Government to account. The traffic light system remains unclear, unexplained and unworkable and we still need to see some targeted industry support for an industry that cannot see past the end of furlough and another summer season lost.”

Giles Hawke – CEO at Cosmos Tours and Avalon Waterways

“Over the last 16 months we’ve had no income whatsoever. We’re now facing new challenges with the ever-changing traffic lights which is affecting bookings and consumer confidence and massively impacting on our business. With the furlough scheme running out, it’s really going to become difficult to continue to run our normally very successful business.” 

Carol Hay – CEO of McKenzie Gayle Limited, representatives of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation UK & Europe Chapter

“I’m so disappointed with the lack of support for the travel industry. We’re asking for the same support that has been given to other industries. Travel means so much to the British public and our travel agents deserve to have this same support extended to them.”

Jonathan Sloan – Chair of Visit USA PR Committee

“We’ve been asking for it for months now. We need clarity on international travel and we need decisions to be made and finalised as soon as possible. It’s a vital for the sector that international travel resumes, particularly to the USA.”