5 OCTOBER 2020


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Article from BTNews 5 OCTOBER 2020

Save Future Travel Coalition and ABTA

Following the Winter Economy Plan, which was announced by the Chancellor last week, the Save Future Travel Coalition is providing template letters for travel agents and tour operators to send to their local MP on the plight of the industry and the campaign’s key asks, including the need to review the Job Support Scheme.

The Save Future Travel Coalition brings together the leading associations and consortia across the travel sector led by ABTA.

The template letter, which agents and operators are encouraged to personalise to tell their own story, highlights how travel is a strategically important sector for the UK economy, supporting more than £60bn contribution to the economy and sustaining around one million jobs.

The letter asks for the MP to write to both the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Transport to urge them to consider the Save Future Travel Coalition’s plan to support travel businesses and protect jobs:

•    A fully regionalised quarantine policy

•    Introduction of testing as an additional mitigation measure

•    Recovery grants for SME businesses, and those left out of previous support

•    Review of the Job Support Scheme

•    APD relief for summer 2021 to boost demand

Luke Petherbridge, ABTA’s Director of Public Affairs, said: “MPs need to understand that travel is not only viable as a sector, but also invaluable to the economic recovery of the country – and it is critical that the Government does all it can to help businesses and protect jobs.”

Also see ABTA and Shapps in this week's BTN



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