08 Sep

ABTA responds to Government’s plans to ease pressure of energy bills

ABTA – The Travel Association has responded to the Government’s announcement today about rising energy bills.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said:

“While it is good the Government is introducing a cap on business energy bills, which we and other industry bodies have been calling for, it is disappointing that the measures announced today only last for six months initially.  We need to understand further how the review process will work for deciding which companies will be considered for further support after this.  Travel businesses should be eligible; the next six months represent the low season for travel, and most travel companies are still recovering from the impact the of COVID restrictions, with many having loans due for repayment.

“With a fiscal statement expected later this month and an Autumn Budget still to come, Government must look at the other ways it can support businesses with rising costs including extending business rates support and working with banks to provide respite with the repayment of business loans taken on during the COVID crisis. Our Members are heading into the cost of living crisis after the worst two years in the industry’s history, with small to medium sized businesses particularly vulnerable.

“We’ll be continuing to lobby Government on the need to act to support travel businesses during the cost of living crisis.”

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.