Grant Shapps agrees to visit Off Broadway Travel

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed he will meet staff at Off Broadway Travel more than a month after he was invited to visit the agency.

Shapps, the MP for the Welwyn Hatfield parliamentary constituency where the travel agency is based, will visit in July.

He was initially invited to ‘see what a travel agent is’ in a tweet by the agency in early May which followed Shapps’ comments suggesting agents were a thing of the past.


The agency placed a cardboard box with a note saying ‘reserved for Grant Shapps’ on the shop’s sofa in a follow up tweet and promised him a coffee if he paid a visit.

Natalie Bennett, partner at the agency, said the agency had not yet been given the exact details of Shapps’ visit or how long he would be able to spend in the shop.

She said: “We are just happy that he going to come and that we will get to speak to him about how hard it has been for travel agents.

“We want to understand how the government is getting to its decisions, such as the traffic light system, but our first point will be about the need for sector support.”

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