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Published on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Travel industry day of action planned

Trade bodies across aviation and travel are joining forces for a travel industry day of action on 23 June.

It is designed to put pressure on the government to support a safe return to international travel in time for summer.

The aims of the day of action are to allow international travel to return safely and bring forward a package of tailored financial support..

Organisers and supporters of the cross-industry day of action include ABTA, Airlines UK, the Airport Operators Association, BAR UK, UKinbound, the Business Travel Association, Advantage Travel Partnership, TTNG, and the other 11 Members of the Save Future Travel Coalition.

Other groups are being encouraged to join.

The day of action will involve an organised lobby at the Houses of Parliament - which would see Members of Parliament meet with a large number of their constituents at Westminster on a single day.

There are also plans being developed for events across other parts of the UK, targeted at the Devolved Administrations.

The day of action takes place just ahead of when the government is expected to discuss and decide on the next steps for international travel.

At this 28June review, the government will be reviewing the traffic light list and also the requirements, measures and systems in place for international travel.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA - The Travel Association said: "These next weeks will be critical for the travel industry."

"The UK is falling behind other countries, including many of our competitors in Europe, when it comes to restarting our aviation and travel sectors. With the success of the vaccine rollout, it is vital the government takes steps to capitalise on the progress that has been made," said Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK.

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