12 Jan

Grant funding, what the Brexit trade deal means for travel and COVID-19 lobbying to feature in ABTA’s January Regional Business Meetings

ABTA to hold additional round of virtual Regional Business Meetings to provide timely update to Members
ABTA is holding an extra round of Regional Business Meetings this year, starting from 19 January 2021 and running through to 2 February, and ABTA Members are encouraged to register and book their place. 

During the meetings ABTA will provide an update on the Government schemes available to support the sector and the lobbying work that the Association is conducting, particularly around the need for tailored financial support for the travel industry.

Other matters to be discussed will be changes that may affect businesses following Brexit – such as the legal status of seasonal workers and travellers ability to access healthcare in the continent.

There will also be updates from the financial protection and communication teams.

The Regional Business Meetings are usually held twice a year (Spring and Autumn) but in response to feedback from Members and in recognition of the fast-moving situation around COVID-19, ABTA is holding additional sessions in 2021.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA, said:

“At a time when things seem to be changing by the minute, it is vital that we come together to discuss the issues that matter to us most, both at a regional and a national level. This is a free event, and a chance to have a two-way conversation, ask any questions, give feedback and hear from ABTA’s experts on key topics. We encourage Members to register their place to hear the most up to date information and insight from ABTA’s experts.”

ABTA Members must book to reserve their free place, by registering at: abta.com/regionalbusinessmeetings.

The dates for the Meetings are as follows:

Northern Ireland 19 January
London, East, South 22 January
Scotland     26 January
North West, South West, South Wales 29 January
North East, Midlands, Yorkshire & North Midlands 2 February


Notes to editors

ABTA has been a trusted travel brand for 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 more than 4,300 travel brands in Membership, providing a wide range of leisure and business travel services, with a combined annual UK turnover of £39 billion. For more details about what we do, what being an ABTA Member means and how we help the British public travel with confidence visit www.abta.com.