Trade bodies react to Rishi reshuffle

By Linsey McNeill
07/02/2023
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The travel industry has seen the last of Grant Shapps (for the time being) since the man who was Transport Secretary during the pandemic has been shifted from his most recent role at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to head a new Department for Energy and Net Zero.

As part of PM Rishi Sunak’s mini reshuffle on Tuesday, former International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch has been put in charge of a new Department for Business and Trade, which replaces both BEIS and her old department.

Former Solicitor General and Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer has replaced Michelle Donelan as head of the Department for Culture Media and Sport, which is responsible for UK tourism.

ABTA Chief Executive Mark Tanzer said he was looking forward to continuing ABTA’s work with the new ministers, and within the new structure, adding: ““As always after a reshuffle or government restructure, we shall be making early contact with those who are new in post, as we continue our regular engagement with officials across different departments, including the Department for Transport and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.”

But, in a joint statement, Advantage Travel Partnership and AITO repeated the industry’s call for a single minister within the Department of Transport to be given responsibility for travel.

 “Many of our members are small businesses and navigating a complex Government structure to find the right department to deal with adds an administrative burden that is simply unsustainable,” it said.

“By bringing the outbound travel sector fully within the remit of the Department for Transport and giving one minister the responsibility for the industry as part of their brief, our industry will be better placed to receive fair representation and support.

“We see this as a critical step in ensuring that the UK remains confident and visible on the international stage, allowing both businesses and leisure travellers to be connected to the rest of the world and enjoy all the benefits that brings.” 

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