An early day motion calling for a minister for travel and sector-specific support has been submitted for debate in the House of Commons.
The TSSA pushed the motion forward to MPs amid TTG’s #SaveTravel campaign, calling for sector-specific support.
Early day motions (EDMs) are motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons for which no day has been fixed.
The TSSA said the EDM is expected to gain cross-party backbench support, calling on the government to "act without delay to save Britain’s travel trade by providing bespoke sector-specific government support while reconsidering an extension of furlough for the industry".
The motion, signed by six MPs across Labour, one independent and one from the Democratic Unionist Party, reads: "That this House recognises that the travel trade is a crucial sector of the British economy and furthermore an industry now facing an existential threat as a result of the coronavirus pandemic; regrets that many travel businesses have closed with many more on the brink of collapse due to the Covid-19 crisis with at least 90,000 jobs already lost or at risk across high street travel agents and the wider travel trade sector; welcomes the recent call by the TSSA transport and travel union and others for the creation of a Minister for Travel to arrest this trend and champion the industry; and calls on the Government to act without delay to save Britain’s travel trade by providing bespoke sector-specific government support while reconsidering an extension of furlough for the industry."
It also backs TSSA’s recent call for the creation of a specific Minister for Travel post.
TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We have made it clear time and again to ministers that they simply can’t look the other way when it comes to our much-cherished travel sector. The travel trade has issued several SOS calls to government, yet we hear nothing.
“This pandemic is the biggest crisis the industry has ever faced. It really is existential, with tens of thousands of jobs lost and high street businesses going to the wall daily.
“So, I’m really pleased to see MPs doing the right thing in tabling this motion, answering the call to action – and I look forward to it gathering greater support in the coming days.
“We urgently need answers from the government about the practical steps they intend to take to provide proper financial support, including a furlough extension for travel.
"The current crisis also gives our travel industry the chance to reconfigure to meet the challenges of decarbonisation and to promote a more ethical brand of tourism so it can emerge stronger. However, this won’t happen without government support.
“At the moment our travel trade seems to fall between the cracks, with neither the transport nor business secretary wishing to accept it as part of their brief. That is why our union will keep calling for the creation of a Minister for Travel, a post much needed in the fight to save travel.”