SPAA criticises ministers for shunning Day of Action

The SPAA has voiced its disappointment that no Scottish ministers joined its Day of Action protest at Holyrood on Wednesday.

Hundreds of members of the Scottish travel industry joined the mass lobby, which took place concurrently with events at Westminster and Stormont.

Earlier in the week, SPAA president Joanne Dooey (pictured) had called on first minister Nicola Sturgeon to meet with protesters to discuss the impact of government policies on the sector.

But despite neither Sturgeon or other ministers doing so, she said the event had still been a success.

Dooey said: “Today demonstrated the unity and camaraderie  from our travel industry. From travel agents to airline pilots, the presence of every single one of our colleagues sent a clear message.

“While we met with 15 MSPs during the event, we were disappointed that we were not joined by any of the Scottish ministers but we believe we delivered our messages with integrity and passion.

“We now turn to the UK government and devolved nations to revert with a clear and practical plan to reopen travel and support our industry.”

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