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MPs poised to debate travel industry today

MPs will debate the aviation, travel and tourism industries in the main House of Commons today.

It follows a petition calling on the government to outline a plan to save future travel and protect jobs.

Abta and the Save Future Travel Coalition urged agents and operators to lobby their own MPs ahead of the parliamentary debate.

The bodies provided new template materials for trade professionals to contact their local MP about the issues.


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Henry Smith, MP for the Gatwick constituency of Crawley and chair of the Future of Aviation Group, will lead the debate.

UKibound chief executive Joss Croft described the debate as “an opportunity for MPs to press the case for sector support”.

He tweeted: “Whilst economy opens more widely, inbound tourism remains effectively closed and needs to help play its crucial role in export driven economic recovery.”

The general debate will allow MPs to discuss important issues, but it does not end in a vote or change the law.

The debate will begin following questions to ministers and ministerial statements.

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