The Department for Transport has promised the Global Travel Taskforce, reconvened to explore how international travel can be restarted safely this summer, will continue to engage with the travel sector before it reports to government on 12 April.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps chaired the first meeting of the new taskforce on Tuesday (2 March), which the DfT said was attended by several government departments, along with "industry bodies, transport operators and travel agencies".
However, no independent travel agencies feature on a full list of attendees supplied to TTG by the DfT.
The list, broken down by government department and mode of transport, comprises 31 businesses, organisations and industry bodies, largely representing travel operators rather than travel sellers, with Tui the only recognisable "agent" listed.
TTG has asked the DfT to confirm the actual composition of the taskforce after its earlier incarnation comprised just 12 government departments, bodies and taskforces, with no actual representation from travel industry stakeholders.
The list is also broadly representative, though, of the stakeholders consulted by the taskforce last year, with 27 of Tuesday’s meeting’s 31 attendees having contributed to the taskforce’s November 2020 report, which laid the foundations for the government’s test to release scheme.
The full list of attendees at Tuesday’s meeting ran:
A DfT spokesperson told TTG: "Further engagement will continue throughout the process."