1 JULY 2019


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Article from BTNews 1 JULY 2019

ABTA Travel Matters

The great and the good of the travel industry gathered in Westminster last Wednesday (26 June) for the 10th anniversary Travel Matters conference. 

They heard chief executive Mark Tanzer say that managing the environmental impacts of tourism is one of ABTA’s strategic priorities.

“Expansion at Heathrow is a good example of this: we continue to support expansion at Heathrow airport on the basis that the airport is able to meet the environmental parameters that have been set,” he said.

Brexit featured. ABTA head of public affairs Luke Petherbridge said: “The immigration arrangements between the UK and the EU after Brexit will be reciprocal by nature, so it is important the UK government offers a framework which supports businesses operating at home and abroad.”

Amsterdam is a success story for Eurostar and is expected to go from the recent upgraded three services daily to four. Chief executive Mike Cooper agreed there are problems. with the high-speed train losing a “significant” amount of business from UK passengers who do not return from Amsterdam by train due to security checks at Brussels prohibiting direct services. 

Cooper said he was in discussion with the Dutch authorities to institute the checks at Amsterdam and he hoped new measures would be in place by the end of the year to resolve the issue.


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