Abta has written to Boris Johnson demanding an update on the government’s action to address “the specific challenges” facing the travel industry.
The association called for a “coordinated strategy supported by specific measures and clear communication” by Westminster to help the travel sector - in particular travel agents and tour operators.
Abta said the travel industry contributes more than £37 billion annually to the UK economy, supporting 500,000 jobs, and as a result, any damage caused by the coronavirus crisis would “affect every region of the country”.
In the letter, Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer says government must make difficult decisions and he puts forward some practical steps that, if taken, could be the difference between tens of thousands of jobs surviving or being lost.
As during his transport select committee appearance on 16 May, Tanzer stressed the scale of the challenges tour operators and travel agents are facing - including FCO advice against all but essential travel, uncertainty regarding the approach to lockdown in different destinations and the ongoing problems with refunds.
Abta’s steps include ensuring any quarantine measures that are proposed are part of a wider strategy, including consideration of FCO travel advice, while it is also calling for any measures introduced to be based on health and scientific advice and be "proportionate, targeted and limited only to what is necessary to protect public health", and communicated clearly.