Abta’s Save Future Travel coalition has written to chancellor Rishi Sunak and other relevant government departments with a plea-budget plea calling for tailored support for the travel sector.
The plan to "save future travel" includes changes to the UK’s quarantine policy, the introduction of testing, and an APD holiday. It also sets out how, with the right policy and regulatory support, government can "save jobs and ensure the viability of the UK’s travel industry.
Luke Petherbridge, Abta’s director of public affairs, said: “Through the Save Future Travel Coalition, we are uniting behind common asks and seeking to amplify the voice of travel.
"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.”
The letter has also been signed by the leaders of Abta, the Advantage Travel Partnership, Aito, Atas, the Business Travel Association, the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association, Seasonal Businesses in Travel, the Travel Network Group, and UKinbound.
Advantage chief executive Julia Lo Bue-Said 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.”
SPAA president Joanne Dooey added: “The travel industry is in desperate need of an urgent and 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.”