Agent who protested about new travel rules invited to speak on TV

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By Lisa James
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Travel agent Tara Hawkins, who held a high-street protest to raise awareness of the effect the new travel rules are having on the industry, has been invited on GB News to discuss the situation.

And she is asking travel colleagues to share examples so she can give as much detail as possible during the interview.

Ms Hawkins, Managing Director of Authentic Villa Holidays in Bowes Park, North London, has been asked by programme producers to give examples of how Omicron is further affecting the travel sector.

After her protest last Sunday, her case was taken up by local MP Theresa Villiers, who spoke to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and asked a question in the Commons to Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

Mr Shapps said he wanted to keep restrictions to a minimum, but scientists and the Department for Health said the latest rule changes were necessary.

On Tuesday, Mr Javid acknowledged the travel sector had been ‘hit hard’ and said he hoped to update MPs by next week.

Ms Hawkins will be on GB News on Saturday morning.

She has asked colleagues in the industry to share examples of how the latest travel restrictions are affecting business.

Ms Hawkins said: “There has been so much media coverage on the impact of the latest restrictions on the hospitality sector, for the last week I have been trying to raise awareness of the impact on the travel sector via a protest outside our shop premises, meeting with MPs and getting a question asked in Parliament.

“I will be appearing on GB News on Saturday morning around 10:15am to discuss the impact of Omicron on the travel sector.

“If any of you want to share your ‘Omicron experiences’ and even video footage if you have anything relevant (with rights) to this subject matter I will endeavour to raise more awareness via this news channel.”

Email Ms Hawkins at:  [email protected] or contact her on twitter @tara500.

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