May 26, 2024

Industry lobbying group commits to staying together post-Covid

The Save Future Travel Coalition, a travel industry lobbying group formed during the Covid pandemic, has decided to keep up its efforts under the new name, Future Travel Coalition.

The 16 members, which include the BTA, Advantage Travel Partnership, ABTA and the SPAA, said they will continue to jointly lobby on issues relating to the pandemic and other policy priorities to ensure a coordinated industry voice and message to government.

In a statement, they said the change of name reflects that the industry is now in a recovery phase and the longer-term commitment of the existing partners.

Luke Petherbridge, Director of Public Affairs at ABTA – The Travel Association, said: “The Coalition has been an invaluable forum throughout the pandemic to enable the industry to share insights and coordinate our lobbying messaging and asks.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve been able to gather and disseminate evidence on the latest situation facing the travel sector, and we’ve come together on a number of joint lobbying initiatives.

“Continuing our work together into the future will ensure we continue to exchange intelligence, coordinate messaging and add our combined weight to our arguments and lobbying asks. From the outset it was clear the Coalition was something that would have value beyond the pandemic. Changing the name reflects that the industry is now in the recovery phase and is a sign of our joint commitment to build on the progress we’ve made in improving cross-industry lobbying collaboration.”

Mike Tibbert, President of the SPAA, said:

“The governments within the UK have taken different approaches throughout the pandemic so it has been extremely helpful to be able to work together, sharing knowledge and updates, and combining our efforts to bring about change on behalf of all of our members and work towards a four-nation approach. We’re keen to continue to work together this way in the future.”