ABTA’s public affairs team will attend all three political party conferences over the next few weeks to highlight the importance of the outbound travel industry to the UK economy.
It will also discuss each party’s policy priorities to support UK travel businesses.
The team will share ABTA data with MPs and parliamentary candidates, proving that outbound travel contributes £49bn to the UK economy, supporting 840,000 jobs.
The data also forecasts the industry to grow by 15% over 2019, outstripping growth for the overall UK economy by almost five percentage points.
ABTA will also raise issues such as extending the youth mobility scheme to EU countries so that UK travel companies can employ UK staff in the EU.
Conference season kicked off last weekend with the Liberal Democrat Conference in Bournemouth. It will be followed by the Conservatives in Manchester and Labour in Liverpool.
ABTA Director of Public Affairs Luke Petherbridges said: “It’s a big few weeks for UK politics as the major parties use their conferences to kickstart their election campaigns and make their cases for why they should be given the keys to Number 10 at the next election.
“For ABTA, it’s a great opportunity to connect with MPs and candidates. When you’re up for election, you want to show you understand the constituency you represent and show support to local people and businesses. This is where our constituency-level data on outbound travel is hugely valuable.
“Travel is a major contributor to the UK – and there is a big policy agenda that we’re engaging with. We’re looking forward to these conversations at Party Conferences and forging relationships with current and future MPs.
“I am also keen to remind ABTA members that template materials are available to them on abta.com, which they can share with their local MP or candidate.”
ABTA’s data on the value of the travel industry to the UK economy and constituencies, along with template materials, can be found at www.abta.com/internationaltravel