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Published on Thursday, September 10, 2020

Industry leaders lodge formal plea to save travel

Industry bodies have formally called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to rescue the industry from further misery.

The Save Future Travel Coalition has lodged a budget submission with the treasury and other departments that calls on tailored support.

The submission has been signed by the leaders of ABTA, Advantage Travel Partnership, AITO, ATAS, the BTA, the SPAA, SBiT, the Travel Network Group and UKinbound ABTA.

Measures set out in the letter includes changes to quarantine policy, the introduction of testing and the granting of an APD holiday.

The coalition insisted that jobs and the overall viability of the industry can be safeguarded with the right policy and regulatory support.

The budget submission came as MPs debated the aviation and tourism industries in Parliament with many calling on the government to provide additional support for both sectors.

ABTA Director of Public Affairs Luke Petherbridge said: "Our message is clear, travel is a critical strategic sector for the entire UK economy, which underpins the air routes and other transport links that are vital for the UK's global trade.

"Failure to support the travel sector will setback the UK's economic recovery, and it's vital the Government acts quickly to support businesses and retain jobs."

Joanne Dooey, President, SPAA President Joanne Dooey described the industry as being in 'desperate need' of a 'tailored support package to enable its survival'.

"Working in collaboration with our partner organisations gives us a forceful combined voice which the government must listen to and act upon," she said.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, Chief Executive of the Advantage Travel Partnership said: "Using our collective strength is key as we approach government ahead of the budget. This is a key milestone in the parliamentary calendar and this year more than ever timing and speed is critical if we are going to save future travel, jobs and businesses."

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