A travel industry day of action was convened to put pressure on the government to encourage a safe return to international travel in time for the summer wedding.
The day of action – June 23rd – will call on the government to facilitate safe, risk-managed return of international travel through the proper implementation of the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan.
She also wants ministers to come up with a package of tailor-made financial assistance to acknowledge that the development of international travel will be much slower than initially anticipated.
The event is supported by all sectors of the travel industry including airlines, airports, tour operators and travel agents.
The day of action includes an organized lobby in the Houses of Parliament with other events in London, Edinburgh and Belfast.
The day of action comes before government announcements on next steps for international travel slated for June 28, and a review of the traffic light list and testing requirements.
Mark Tanzer, CEO of travel trading group ABTA, said: “These next few weeks will be crucial for the travel industry. We have worked together since the beginning of the pandemic to argue the sector on what the industry needs to weather this crisis and safely return to international travel.
“We are in a situation where the government is restricting travel abroad but not providing tailored support for the travel industry. The longer this takes, the more jobs, livelihoods and companies are at risk. “
Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK added: “The UK is falling behind other countries, including many of our competitors in Europe, when it comes to restarting our aviation and travel sectors.
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“Given the success of the vaccine rollout, it is critical that the government take steps to capitalize on the advances that have been made or we will do serious long-term damage to the economy and competitiveness of our world-leading aerospace sector.
“It is very clear that all areas of our industry – from aviation to in and outbound tourism to business travel – are time to come together if we want to hope to get international travel in good time for the most important summer weeks To bring gear.
“If it weren’t for that, it would be really catastrophic with so many tens of thousands of jobs at stake.”