ABTA responds to the Public Accounts Committee report on the UK’s travel restrictions during the pandemic
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said:
“The UK’s restrictions throughout the pandemic brought travel to a standstill, hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs and livelihoods, and the industry is still feeling the effects of these policies.
“Protecting public health is the ultimate priority when in a pandemic but the measures put in place need to be backed up by evidence and proportionate to the risk. It’s important Government learns the lessons from the last couple of years and has a sensible and evidence-based approach to dealing with any future variants or pandemics, and has a system of financial support in place for businesses.”
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.