ABTA has launched an online Election Toolkit to help members influence local candidates on key travel industry issues.The toolkit consists of a step-by-step guide to contacting local candidates; a sample invitation letter to local prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs); a sample press release to invite the press to attend the visit of your candidates; and the ABTA Manifesto.
The association's head of public affairs, Luke Pollard, said: “The run up to the election on May 6 provides an ideal opportunity to educate and influence parliamentary candidates. The general election will bring in a totally new batch of MPs and possibly a new government. It is vitally important that new and current members of parliament clearly understand the needs of travel and tourism, the fifth largest sector of the economy. Our industry’s concerns should be at the heart of government policy.
“Whichever party wins the election will have to decide on ATOL reform, airport expansion, changes to the tax regime affecting aviation and businesses as well as addressing climate change and continuing the recovery.
“If ABTA members directly contact their parliamentary candidates now, they can make sure their MP has a full understanding of travel and tourism issues affecting their constituents. We need to make our political representatives understand just how important travel and tourism is when bringing matters to the attention of the House of Commons and voting on issues which can profoundly affect our members’ businesses.”