Travel Day of Action to include protests in London, Edinburgh & Belfast

Travel Day of Action
By Linsey McNeill
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ABTA has confirmed a Travel Day of Action next Wednesday, 23 June will include protests in London, Edinbugh and Belfast.

It said events in other locations are being explored by other organisations.

Travel organisations, including ABTA, had originally planned to include a protest outside the Welsh Parliament on 23 June but this appears to have been dropped.

In London there will be an organised lobby in Westminster, starting at 12.30pm, but only 400 people will be allowed to attend at any one time so this will be a ticket-only event.

There will be two time slots available, with the second starting at 2.30pm. Those who would like to attend need to get a ticket from Eventbrite. Tickets for the 12.30pm slot have already been snapped up, with only slots from 2.30pm available.

ABTA members who are attending the event in London are being asked to invite their MP for a meeting on College Green, opposite the Houses of Parliament, using a template available on the ABTA website.

The Scottish Passenger Agents Association is organising a similar event in Holyrood, Edinburgh and the Association of Northern Ireland Travel Agents is organising an event in Belfast.

ABTA is urging members who can’t attend to organise meetings with their MPs and has provided a template for members to use. It said: “It is important they are all aware of the challenges facing the sector and the need to speak up for travel.”

It is also encouraging members to take part in a Twitterstorm and tag their local MP or devolved nations representative into social media posts.

ABTA Director of Public Affairs Luke Petherbridge said:“The Travel Day of Action is an opportunity for the whole industry to urge the UK Government and devolved administrations to speak up for travel.

“Throughout this entire pandemic the UK travel industry has had nowhere near the level of support needed to deal with the devastating impact this crisis has had on people’s jobs, livelihoods and businesses. Figures don’t do justice in explaining the financial and emotional toll this has taken on those working in travel.

“It has been fantastic to see such great support and interest in the Travel Day of Action, and there are lots of different ways that people will be able to get involved – including via social media, meeting with their MPs or joining events in London, Edinburgh or Belfast.

“It is really important that people strictly follow the rules and requirements around COVID-19 and arrangements for the Day. We want the Day of Action to generate positive sentiment and constructive support for the industry.

“Anyone wishing to attend the organised lobby on College Green, Westminster, must register in advance via their trade association.

“We have permission for 400 people to be on College Green at any one time and have two time slots, meaning we could have up to 800 people – including press, MPs and organisers. If you move beyond College Green then you will need to abide by all of the usual social distancing measures, including no groups of more than 30 people together outside.”

ABTA said further details of the event ‘will be available shortly’.

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