Join efforts in London, Belfast and Edinburgh; get involved on social media and write to your MP
More details have been revealed about the Travel Day of Action, which takes place on June 23 and aims to put pressure on the government to support a safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period.
The day is timed to take place ahead of when the government is expected to discuss and decide on the next steps for travel, which are due to take effect on June 28.
All parts of the travel industry – every airline, airport, tour operator, travel agent, supplier and partner – are encouraged to get involved and support the activities of the day.
There will be an organised lobby at College Green, Westminster, London, which starts at 12.30pm. The number of people who can be at the event at any one time is 400, and there will be two slots to ensure maximum attendance. If you wish to attend the event in Westminster you need to register in advance here.
The Scottish Passenger Agents Association is organising an event in Holyrood, Edinburgh (contact the SPAA for details), while the Association of Northern Ireland Travel Agents is organising an event in Belfast (contact the ANITA for more).
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Even if you aren’t able to attend an event or organise a meeting with your MP, it is important they are all aware of the challenges facing the sector. You can use the email templates here write to your MP.
You can also share posts on social media. ABTA is encouraging people to:
- Take part in a Twitterstorm
- Tag your MP or devolved representative into social posts
- Share the template posts and graphics across your social media channels
Luke Petherbridge, director of public affairs at ABTA, said: “The Travel Day of Action is an opportunity for the whole industry to urge the UK Government and devolved administrations to speak up for travel.
“Throughout this entire pandemic the UK travel industry has had nowhere near the level of support needed to deal with the devastating impact this crisis has had on people’s jobs, livelihoods and businesses. Figures don’t do justice in explaining the financial and emotional toll this has taken on those working in travel.
“It has been fantastic to see such great support and interest in the Travel Day of Action, and there are lots of different ways that people will be able to get involved – including via social media, meeting with their MPs or joining events in London, Edinburgh or Belfast.
“It is really important that people strictly follow the rules and requirements around Covid-19 and arrangements for the day. We want the Day of Action to generate positive sentiment and constructive support for the industry.
“Anyone wishing to attend the organised lobby on College Green, Westminster, must register in advance via their trade association. We have permission for 400 people to be on College Green at any one time and have two time slots, meaning we could have up to 800 people – including press, MPs and organisers. If you move beyond College Green then you will need to abide by all of the usual social distancing measures, including no groups of more than 30 people together outside.”