Trade bodies from the travel and aviation industries came together on Wednesday 23rd June for a ‘Travel Day of Action’ to put pressure on the government to support a safe return to international travel.
The #traveldayofaction was led by ABTA, the Business Travel Association, Airlines UK, Advantage Travel Partnership, The Travel Network Group and other travel bodies who called on all businesses within the travel industry including airlines, airports, travel management companies, tour operators, travel agents and suppliers to get involved and support the activities of the day.
Mark Kempster, CEO of CT Travel Group, and Thomas Kempster, Technical Director, both attended the Travel Day for Action in Westminster, London. The day of action involved an organised and peaceful lobby at the Houses of Parliament and highlighted the following demands from the government:
- Allow international travel to return safely by properly implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan
- Create a package of tailored financial support to recognise that the unlocking of international travel is much slower than first anticipated, so businesses are unable to trade and generate income as normal.
There were also smaller events in other parts of the UK including Edinburgh and Belfast which targeted the devolved administrations. The event generated national media attention and businesses and employees within the industry were encouraged to post and share on social media.
ABTA’s Chief Executive Mark Tanzer commented:
“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.”