Travel industry day of action planned for Wednesday June 23 2021

Trade bodies from across the industry are coming together to campaign for a safe return of international travel in time for the peak summer period. 

June 23, 2021 will mark an industry-wide day of action, #TravelDayOfAction , as ABTA has called trade bodies from across the travel landscape together to put pressure on the UK Government and support a safe return of international travel in time for the peak summer period. 

The day of action will call on the Government to:

-  Allow for the safe return of international travel in an appropriately risk-managed way by implementing the Global Travel Taskforce's plan.

-  Bring forward a package of tailored financial support to recognise that the unlocking of travel will be much slower than first anticipated, and more gradual than other businesses in the domestic economy. 

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

These bodies are, together, calling on all corners of the industry to get involved and show support for the day. 

June 23 will include organised lobby will take place at the Houses of Parliament, where MPs will meet with a large number of their constituents, as well as plans for events across the UK. The event is intended to generate national media attention and gain traction on social media with #TravelDayOfAction .

June 28, 2021 marks the next scheduled review of international travel, with a parliamentary debate on June 10, 2021 looking at support for the aviation, travel and tourism industries. 

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: “These next weeks will be critical for the travel industry. We have been working together since the start of the pandemic to make the sector’s case on what the industry needs to get through this crisis and return safely to international travel. We’re in a situation where the Government is curtailing overseas travel but isn’t providing tailored support for the travel industry. The longer this goes on the more jobs, livelihoods and businesses are at risk.” 

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