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Following the coronavirus crisis, associations across the travel industry came together to discuss how they could continue to work together to lobby the government for specific assistance to save jobs and businesses in the travel industry.
ABTA, Advantage Travel Partnership, IITO, ATS, BTA, SPAA, and UKinbound have met via video conferencing to discuss regionalization segregation, test launches, and ongoing pay and grant assistance projects.
The associations agreed to increase coordination and efforts before the budget this autumn – holding regular meetings to exchange insights and knowledge
and to take joint action to secure the industry’s much-needed target support.
A recent study by ABTA, who called the meeting, revealed that 39,000 jobs have already been lost or the industry is at risk.
Many more are in the pipeline because 8 percent of companies have yet to start redundancy consultations but are looking forward to the coming months.
ABTA’s director of public affairs Luke Patherbridge said that the whole travel industry is going through uncertainties and challenges that they had never seen before. As a travel association, their duty is to sue for their industry.
“We must come together to highlight the vital strategic importance of travel for the larger UK economy as we fly, as businesses that lead the country’s aviation and support domestic investment and export earnings.”
He added that moreover, challenging the importance of this sector, ministers must take steps practically and workable solutions to the problems they face in tourism and business travel.
In April ABTA firstly introduced the Save Future Travel campaign with more than 25,000 emails from MPs asking them to support the industry.
Coalition associates will target to build that manifesto as well as take part in other industry campaigns. Future Aviation Group, a group of MPs across the political spectrum that supports ABTA, AOA, Airlines UK, and other bodies in the aviation sector, needs appropriate support to raise awareness in Parliament.
This group wants to get involved with other concerned travel agencies and associations. And ABTA invited to contact any organization that is interested in getting involved with them.