Travel trade Westminster protest planned for June 10

Travel agent campaign group Target has organised a protest outside Westminster on the day of an upcoming parliamentary debate on the travel industry.

The June 10 debate in the House of Commons will see MPs discuss support for the aviation, travel and tourism industries.

Target’s protest plan comes in response to yesterday’s news that no countries would be added to the government’s green list for international travel, and Portugal will be moved from green to amber on Tuesday while seven countries move to the red list.

Travel agents, tour operator staff, airlines, airport staff, consortia and trade bodies have all been invited to attend from 9am on June 10.

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Target co-founder Jill Waite, director of travel agency Pole Travel, said: “After yesterday’s traffic light disaster for the travel industry, members are saying enough is enough and we have to get the message across it a stronger way.

“We want everyone in the travel industry to try to attend.”

Fellow co-founder Graeme Brett, director of Westoe Travel, added: “We know it’s early for everyone to get to London but the parliamentary session starts at 9:30am with international trade questions, then a statement from the leader of the house – and the debate on support for the aviation, travel and tourism industries starts straight after.

“We were bombarded with messages yesterday asking us to arrange this and we hope that as many people in the industry as possible will attend.

“We are also reminding everyone to write to their MP ahead of the debate and ask them to speak in the debate calling for more support for the travel industry.”

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