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08/06/2021 By : Julia Feuell, Managing Director, OTT

Save the date - June 23, 2021 Travel industry day of action planned

Trade bodies from across the aviation and travel industries are coming together for a travel industry day of action (#traveldayofaction)

Save the date - June 23.  This is the day the travel industry is planning to put pressure on the UK Government to support a safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period.  Sector urged to get behind the day of action by travelling to Parliament to engage in organised lobby. 

The day of action will be calling on the UK Government to:

  • Allow international travel to return safely and in a risk managed way by properly implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan. 

  • Bring forward a package of tailored financial support to recognise that the unlocking of international travel, and hence businesses’ ability to trade and generate income, will be much slower than first anticipated, and more gradual than for businesses in the domestic economy. 

Organisers and supporters of the cross-industry day of action already include ABTA, Airlines UK, the Airport Operators Association, BAR UK, UKinbound, the Business Travel Association, Advantage Travel Partnership, TTNG, IATA and the other 11 Members of the Save Future Travel Coalition, with other industry organisations welcome to join. 

The bodies are calling on all corners of the travel industry – every airline, airport, tour operator, travel agent, supplier and partner - to get involved and support the activities of the day. 

The day of action will involve an organised lobby at the Houses of Parliament – which would see Members of Parliament meet with a large number of their constituents at Westminster on a single day. There are also plans being developed for events across other parts of the UK, targeted at the Devolved Administrations. The event is intended to generate and attract national media attention and will also seek to gain traction on social media. 

The day of action will take place on 23 June, just ahead of when the Government is expected to discuss and decide on the next steps for international travel, with an announcement currently scheduled for 28 June. At this review, the Government will be reviewing both the traffic light list and also the requirements, measures and systems in place for international travel. The day’s activities will start from 12.30pm allowing people time to travel down for the day. 

The day will be the culmination of intense lobbying and political engagement over the next few weeks. Activity ahead of the day will include ABTA’s Mark Tanzer’s appearance at the Treasury Select Committee today (7 June, 3.30-5.30pm) and the parliamentary debate on Thursday 10 June which looks at support for the aviation, travel and tourism industries. 
More information on the day and how to get involved will be published on www.abta.com/traveldayofaction once further details have been confirmed. 

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