//ABTA ask for local grants for travel firms

ABTA ask for local grants for travel firms

Association creates templates for members to contact local councillor

ABTA has written to local authorities and devolved nations to ask that travel businesses are included in local grant schemes.

The letters have been sent to local authorities in England to make the Local Restrictions Support Grants available as well as the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The grants have a value of up to £3,000. ABTA has also created a template for members to contact their local councillor, asking they they also request from their local authority that travel businesses are included in the list of those eligible to apply for the grants.

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Luke Petherbridge ABTA director of public affairs, said: “We believe that our members have a very strong case for Local Restrictions Support Grants and have written to local authorities making that argument on their behalf. ABTA continues to lobby Government about the need for tailored support for the travel industry and our Members also have a crucial role to play.

“As well as contacting your local councillor and writing your MP, we’re also asking members and the wider industry to sign ABTA’s Save Future Travel petition, and encourage your colleagues, friends and family also to sign up, as once it reaches 100,000 signature, it will trigger a much needed debate in Parliament.”

The petition, which launched on Monday 5 October 2020, asks for:

  • Fully regionalised quarantine policy
  • Introduction of testing
  • Review of the Job Support Scheme
  • Recovery grants for SMEs and travel businesses that missed out on previous support
  • APD relief for summer 2021 to boost demand

Endorsing and underlining the coalition’s petition, Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA) president Joanne Dooey emphasised the need for urgency on the part of the government:

“I cannot stress highly enough the seriousness of the current plight of the travel industry, and I urge the government to act decisively and positively before it is too late.”

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.