The travel industry is gather in the UK’s capital cities and at its airports today (23 June) to lobby government for more sector-specific support and to unlock travel, with thousands expected to turn out to make their voices heard.
The main event takes place outside parliament in Westminster starting at 12.30pm, where 800 people are expected to attend, with another 200 at Holyrood in Edinburgh and 100 in Belfast.
Virtual lobbying is being held in Cardiff, with other protests expected at Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester and Southend airports.
In addition, a Twitterstorm will take place at 2pm using the hashtags #speakupfortravel and #traveldayofaction.
Collectively, the industry is calling on the UK government to allow international travel to return safely and “by properly implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan for a traffic-light system” and give a package of tailored financial support to help travel firms unable to trade properly.
Industry figures and politicians have been showing their support on social media this morning.
They include Conservative MP Huw Merriman, chair of the transport select committee, who has repeatedly fought for the travel sector in Westminster throughout the crisis.
The team at Manchester Airport has been showing the impact of the pandemic by comparing flight traffic today against those from 2019.
Both Kuoni boss Derek Jones and Sunvil MD Chris Wright have shared their analogies at the hypocrisy of government’s treatment of the industry.
Imagine introducing an MOT test so cars can be driven safely and then deciding it would be safer to just ban driving. That’s effectively what the government has done with the traffic light system for travel.— Derek Jones (@Degsy_DJ) June 23, 2021
It’s time to allow people the freedom to travel again.#SpeakUpForTravel pic.twitter.com/Mk2ptCWsFh
Imagine saying to a pub Great news you can open up. You can’t sell any drinks though BUT - here’s the good bit - You need all your staff back and extras, because every day people are going to turn up and you have to give them their money back.#traveldayofaction #SpeakUpForTravel pic.twitter.com/l5bvLjQH1W— Chris Wright (@ChrisStosWright) June 23, 2021
TTG will be bringing you live coverage of Travel Day of Action all day, with the team stationed at College Green in Westminster where up to 800 travel industry professionals will gather from 12.30pm.