Campaign group TARGET is urging agents to get behind a Twitterstorm at today, as warns agents face a ‘triple whammy’ in January.
Co-Founder Jill Waite said: “Historically January is the most productive month for new bookings for the travel industry.
“With the latest travel restrictions, agents face losing this vital revenue stream In addition, agents who took a Bounce Back Loan are now faced with repayments of at least £833 a month, on top of their other expenses.
“Then travel agents who are ABTA members face having to pay six months subscriptions at the beginning of January.”
TARGET Co-Founder Graeme Brett added: “Many agents have contacted us to say they will not be able to afford the payments if there are no bookings coming in and no Government support.
“We have asked ABTA to urgently meet with Rishi Sunak and push the need for sector specific support and for travel businesses to be given a repayment break for the Bounce Back Loan repayment.
“In addition we have repeated our calls for ABTA to reduce membership fees for travel agencies.”
The Twitterstorm will take place at 12 noon today. Participants can use the following wording:
The travel industry has been forgotten by the Government. Travel restrictions have decimated our businesses. 200,000 jobs already lost in travel & thousands to follow without urgent support. @rishisunak @grantshapps @ABTAMembers #savetravel #savefuturetravel