Abta has launched a campaign calling on the entire industry to lobby the government for changes to the PTRs, warning that should businesses go under, the taxpayer would be liable for billions of pounds of refunds – which the Atol scheme would not be able to cover.
The association is appealing to its membership, the wider travel and tourism industry, all travel agents and tour operators, their families, and anyone else who supports the industry and wants to protect the future of the industry, to contact their MPs.
Abta says it first called for urgent government intervention to support the travel industry and take action around refunds and other measures several weeks ago.
But since then, despite multiple discussions with and letters to the relevant government departments and the prime minister, it says it is “still waiting for action” on the government’s promise to “do whatever it takes” to protect businesses and jobs.
Abta is asking individuals to visit its new “very easy and quick to use” microsite savefuturetravel.co.uk and send an automated electronic letter to the relevant MP, highlighting the industry’s asks.
It is also asking supporters to use social media to contact their local MPs and government ministers using #savefuturetravel and calling for action, as well as the #OneTravelIndustry hashtag, representing a uniting movement by the travel trade media in the UK and Ireland amid the coronavirus crisis.