The planned protest in London this Thursday, organised by Travel Agents Reform Group Engaged Together (TARGET), has been cancelled.
TARGET Founder Jill Waite said: “We organised the event following the devastating news for the travel industry last week.
“The protest was to draw attention to the debate in Parliament which takes place at the same time on Thursday about support for the travel, tourism and aviation sectors.
“We arranged the event and notifying the relevant authorities, including ABTA, as well as arranging banners and being told that we needed to arrange £5 million Public Liability Insurance.
“We have been contacted by ABTA and some of the travel consortia who have said they will not be supporting the protest on Thursday and that they are arranging their own protest on 23 June.
“They have insisted that we postpone the event, so as not to distract attention from their event on 23 June.”
TARGET Co-Founder Graeme Brett added: “We are totally devastated at having to take that decision. No other protest had been arranged by the travel industry in the 15 months since last March.
“Yet within hours of this protest being announced we are told that there is now to be another event to try to bring all sectors of travel and aviation together.
“We apologise to everyone who was planning to attend on 10 June and ask them to please change their travel arrangements to 23 June.”