19 Apr

ABTA encourages travel businesses to respond to new survey on bookings and employment challenges 

ABTA – The Travel Association has launched a new survey, working with partners in the Save Future Travel Coalition (SFTC), which aims to gather data on booking trends for the Easter/summer periods, following the removal of the UK’s travel restrictions. 

The survey also aims to assess the latest employment situation and will help to help track the industry’s recovery and establish valuable evidence on remaining barriers and challenges.

ABTA is encouraging Members to respond to the survey by Friday 29 April. It takes just 10-15 minutes to complete and can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RXJ8ZN2

Emma Wade, Public Affairs Manager at ABTA – The Travel Association said:

“The industry is clearly in a much more positive place compared to where we were at the start of the year when travel was still heavily restricted, but we know that the recovery is not without its challenges. We continue to engage with ministers, politicians, and government officials on what the sector needs to ensure a steady recovery and insight and evidence from Members, and our Coalition partners, is vital to this work.

“As we have seen during the course of the pandemic, accurate and reliable data has played an important part in the direction of public policy and will undoubtedly continue to do so in the coming months. Member data is a value source of information and plays a vital role in supporting ABTA’s political engagement.

“We’re grateful to Members for their input to date and encourage them to take part in this latest survey so we have the most up to date evidence available to support our lobbying.”


Notes to editors

ABTA has been a trusted travel brand for over 70 years. Our purpose is to help our Members to grow their businesses successfully and sustainably, and to help their customers travel with confidence. 

The ABTA brand stands for support, protection and expertise. This means consumers have confidence in ABTA and a strong trust in ABTA Members. These qualities are core to us as they ensure that holidaymakers remain confident in the holiday products that they buy from our Members. 

We help our Members and their customers navigate through today's changing travel landscape by raising standards in the industry; offering schemes of financial protection; providing an independent complaints resolution service should something go wrong; giving guidance on issues from sustainability to health and safety and by presenting a united voice to government to ensure the industry and the public get a fair deal.

ABTA has around 4,000 travel brands in Membership, providing a wide range of leisure and business travel services, with a combined pre-pandemic annual UK turnover of £40 billion. For more details about what we do, what being an ABTA Member means and how we help the UK public travel with confidence visit www.abta.com

The Save Future Travel Coalition is made up of 16 leading travel bodies and campaign organisations which together represent the vast majority of outbound and inbound organised travel to the UK, they are:

  • ABTA – The Travel Association
  • AITO – The Specialist Travel Association
  • Advantage Travel Partnership
  • African Travel & Tourism Association (ATTA)
  • Association of Northern Ireland Travel Agents (ANITA)
  • Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers (ATAS)
  • The Business Travel Association (BTA)
  • Caribbean Tourism Organization UK & Europe Ltd
  • Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland (CLIA)
  • Keep Travel Alive
  • Latin American Travel Association (LATA)
  • Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
  • Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA)
  • Seasonal Businesses in Travel (SBIT)
  • The Travel Network Group (TTNG)
  • UKinbound