ABTA gains UK parliamentary support

ABTA, the UK travel trade association for tour operators and travel agents, has revealed the results of research indicating that its stance on tourism has strong support in the UK parliament.

According to the results of the survey, 75 percent of MP’s are of the opinion that in order to help create new jobs, the government should do more to develop domestic inbound and outbound tourism. The survey also revealed that 70 percent of MP’s are of the opinion that all tourism sectors, domestic, inbound and outbound, should be given equal importance, a result that showed a 2 percent increase on a similar poll that was carried out with MP’s a year ago.

ABTA will launch its new Tourism Mix Manifesto at the House of Commons on February 27, with the intention of highlighting the potential that the tourism industry has for the creation of jobs and growth across the UK economy. The document, which will carry an introduction from tourism minister, Hugh Robertson, is intended to provide positive proposals that ABTA is certain would provide growth across all tourism sectors.

The head of public affairs at ABTA, Luke Pollard, said, ‘The tourism industry has an incredible potential to employ more people and contribute more to the UK’s economic recovery if the right policies are put in place by ministers. Whether inbound, domestic or outbound, ABTA is keen to see travel and tourism businesses grow and prosper. It is promising to see so many MPs agreeing with ABTA about the need for Government to do more to support all sectors of our industry.’