Aito has launched new talks with Abta to work together on tackling issues and lobbying the government on behalf of both group’s members.


Aito chairman Derek Moore said he broached the subject with Abta head of public affairs Luke Pollard at the recent Travel Matters convention in London.


Although no formal deal has been agreed, Moore said he believes there are areas such as financial protection on airlines, Air Passenger Duty and trip cancellation insurance policies where the two groups share common interests.


He is now keen to set up a group to not only discuss these interests but also to work together in lobbying the government over the matters where possible.


Moore said: “There should be closer ties and closer co-operation with Abta especially as at the moment the government tends to say the travel industry speaks with a fractured voice.


“What we are proposing is akin to the Lib Dem Conservative coalition. There are many areas where Abta and Aito share common ground and we should work together on them.”


 


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