The Save Future Travel Coalition writes to government
The Save Future Travel Coalition has written to Oliver Dowden, secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to urge the swift development of a Tourism Recovery Plan to support the UK’s travel and tourism industry.
The development of such a plan was recommended by the Global Travel Taskforce last November and was referenced again in the Taskforce’s report earlier this month. In their letter, the Save Future Travel Coalition stresses that the plan must be developed without delay, and must recognise the significant value of both outbound and inbound tourism, as part of the UK’s overall tourism mix.
Emma Wade, public affairs manager at ABTA, one of the Coalition partners, said: “It is important that this plan is developed without delay, outlining clearly how the international travel industry will be supported as the UK’s recovery progresses. Within it, the Tourism Recovery Plan should demonstrate how, through financial support to the sector, Government can level the playing field with our direct competitors across Europe who have received such support, and also UK industries such as hospitality, leisure and the arts.”
In the letter, the Coalition states that:
- Ministers must recognise the unique constraints placed on the travel sector and provide a targeted package of financial support.
- The Government must back the industry, by undertaking a communications campaign to instil confidence in consumers around the eventual return of travel.
- The industry needs to be able to attract and retain talent, and that an extension of the Youth Mobility Scheme to the EU Member States would help to safeguard jobs.
- Government must continue to protect UK consumers through support for Refund Credit Notes and commit to an urgent review of future consumer financial protection measures, recognising the inconsistencies that exist in UK consumer financial protection, especially between airlines and the organised travel sector.
- The success of the future travel and tourism policy hinges on the Government embedding a cohesive approach, with greater focus given to coordination across Whitehall, at all levels.
“The Tourism Recovery Plan should recognise that every element of the UK’s tourism mix (domestic, inbound, and outbound) brings enormous benefits to the UK economy, UK businesses, and UK residents,” adds Emma Wade, “and we look forward to hearing how Government intends to move forward with its development.”
The Save Future Travel Coalition is made up of 15 leading travel bodies and campaign organisations which together represent the vast majority of outbound and inbound organised travel to the UK, they are:
- ABTA – The Travel Association
- AITO – the specialist travel association
- Advantage Travel Partnership
- The African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA)
- Association of Northern Ireland Travel Agents (ANITA)
- Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers (ATAS)
- The Business Travel Association (BTA)
- Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland (CLIA)
- Keep Travel Alive
- The Latin American Travel Association (LATA)
- The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
- Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA)
- Seasonal Businesses in Travel (SBIT)
- The Travel Network Group (TTNG)