Advantage and AITO join forces to lobby Govt on travel issues

By Lisa James
04/10/2022
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Advantage Travel Partnership and AITO have got together to raise the profile of the independent and specialist UK outbound travel industry and draw political attention to the issues facing their members. 

The partnership brings together Advantage’s 700 independent leisure and business travel agents, and over 270 travel brands from AITO’s independent/specialist operators, with the aim of establishing a lobbying group focused on the SMEs of the UK’s outbound travel sector.   

Advantage CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said said: “I am delighted to be joining forces with AITO and its SMEs, to take forward our vision and to support our combined memberships as the industry continues to face serious challenges. 

“I believe that improving Government’s understanding of the outbound travel sector and raising the industry’s profile is crucial in ensuring that policymakers have the key facts in order to make informed decisions.”  

In a recent survey, 90% of Advantage members said that they felt under-represented in terms of Government lobbying, and Julia said that joining forces with AITO would give both organisations the platform for a comprehensive public affairs strategy that would deliver for all their members. 

AITO Chairman Chris Rowles added: “We share not only similar values, but we suffer from similar problems – sheer lack of clout with Government being one of them. 

“During the pandemic, AITO worked very hard to gets its key messages into the many relevant Government departments – unfortunately, with limited effect.  

“We believe that joining forces with Advantage will help both organisations to deliver relevant facts to Government that relate to the important SME sector – the lifeblood of the travel industry – and to ensure that we are recognised by the various Government Departments that control our future.” 

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