Save Future Travel Coalition keeps up the pressure on Government over travel restart

Published on : Friday, April 23, 2021

The Save Future Travel Coalition has written to the Chancellor, Foreign Office, and the Chair of the House of Commons Transport Committee, Huw Merriman MP, on the restart of international travel and the need to support the travel industry throughout the recovery.

The Coalition is made up of 15 leading travel associations and trade groups. The latest coordinated activity follows the publication of the Global Travel Taskforce report.

Writing to the Chancellor, the Coalition said the gradual reopening of travel means the need for financial support for the sector remains and calls on Government to: 

It also points out that HMRC should look to reduce the cost of testing for members of the public by exempting PCR tests from VAT.

In its letter to the Foreign Office the group stressed the need for:

Following on from last week’s Transport Select Committee, where ABTA’s Chief Executive Mark Tanzer gave evidence, the group has written to the Chair, Huw Merriman, to emphasise their collective asks including more detail around how countries will be categorised in the traffic light system, the cost of testing and use of PCR tests for green countries, and the need for a four nations approach to reopening international travel. 

This week’s joint activity builds on the work the organisations have been doing individually to raise questions and concerns regarding the plan for the restart. The Coalition also continues to work together with other trade bodies and groups within the industry, including the Future of Aviation Group.

Luke Petherbridge, Director of Public Affairs at ABTA – The Travel Association said:
“It is really important we continue to put forward a consistent argument and approach to the UK Government, and devolved nations, on the issues facing the sector and share our expert insight around the restart of international travel.

“There is still a number of unknowns around the Government’s plans for the restart and a lot of detail missing, by engaging with Ministers, departments, and a broader group of MPs, we can make sure that the voice of the organised travel sector is heard, and we are providing expert insight and constructive solutions about the restart of international travel.” 

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:

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