Travel professionals are being urged to write a letter to their local MP to continue spreading the word about travel’s need for sector-specific support from government.
The drive to write to MPs comes as part of TTG’s SaveTravel Week, designed as a week of action to galvanise the industry and continue raising awareness of the issues facing it as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
A template letter has been created, making it easy for anyone to download it, personalise it, and then send it to their MP. Anyone wishing to write can use this website to find the contact details for their local representative.
The aim is to ensure MPs across Westminster are fully informed about the desperate situation facing the UK travel industry, and to encourage them to discuss the matter with government ministers.
MPs are much more likely to fight the industry’s corner in parliament if they are made aware of the jobs affected and the economic contribution made by travel businesses in their local constituency.
Whether you’re one agent who is a local constituent, or you’re the boss of a travel company writing as a local business person (if so, please consider stating how many people you employ and how many jobs are at risk), all voices should be heard by your MP.
A major part of the campaign is the letter addressed to chancellor Rishi Sunak and transport secretary Grant Shapps, outlining the support required to prevent further catastrophic job losses, with the industry still being urged to sign this and share as wide as possible.
There are already now more than 9,000 signatures on the letter, with the aim to deliver it with at least 10,000 names once parliament resumes next month.