Travel Industry Pleads with PM for Help

The travel industry has urged the prime minister to provide a roadmap to get people travelling again this summer and make plans for next winter. NEW

In an open letter, travel organisations and businesses have asked for more help to safeguard employees’ livelihoods and rebuild the £80bn contribution the sector makes to the UK economy.

“We urge you to provide a route out of the crisis for the travel industry,” it says.

Boris Johnson will set out his plans for easing lockdown rules this on Monday, 22nd February.

Under the current national restrictions, holidays are not permitted anywhere in the UK.

International travel is restricted to essential purposes, such as for work, medical appointments, or education.

It was organised by the Association of British Travel Agents and the Save Future Travel Coalition.

Its signatories include organisations and businesses across the travel industry, such as Tui that owns Crystal Ski Holidays.

We reported on the initiative earlier in the week.

UK ski companies urge Boris Johnson to help travel industry

The open letter is reported today on the BBC.

“We also know that the recovery of travel is likely to be gradual, which will require the maintenance of flexible furlough support throughout the summer season, as well as other regulatory alleviations and support measures to help businesses meet their fixed costs,” the letter added.