Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association president Sandy MacPherson has called on the trade to fight criticism over travel impact on the environment.

Speaking at last night’s (Feb22) annual SPAA dinner, he said while the trade needs to cut its carbon footprint, it should not be held to ransom by the green lobby, particularly over the role of aviation.

He added: “The industry has not been rebutting the arguments forcefully enough, Let’s try to avoid the emotional subjectivity and instead take a concerted rational approach (to the arguments).”

MacPherson also welcomed some of the changes currently being proposed by the ABTA board but questioned how it could justify reducing agent board members to one or two.

He also congratulated Thomas Cook and MyTravel for recognising the need to change which he believes has driven the two companies’ merger.