Spain committed to ensuring Brits have safe & enjoyable holidays

Simon Manley, Britain's ambassador to Spain, addressed the ABTA Travel Convention on the role of the consulate in ensuring British holidaymakers enjoy safe, enjoyable trips to Spain as well as plans for British travel in Europe post-Brexit.

Ambassador Manley opened his address by talking about the importance of ABTA's partnership with Britain's diplomatic services in Spain, particularly in regard to ensuring British visitors receive proper consulate assistance when required.

"One in three British passports lost are lost in Spain ... at the heart of what we do is consular assistance," he told delegates. "Foreign policy can be pretty obscure but what happens when you or your loved ones get into trouble overseas? The partnership with ABTA is fundamental."

He said that it is important to "restore the reputation of British tourists in Spain" and said that more needs to be done, such as campaigns to "explain the risks and explain how holidays can be safe and secure".

Regarding Brexit, Ambassador Hanley said that work is being done "day in, day out to secure an agreement with our European partners". He emphasised the importance of a relationship with Europe with "frictionless trade and travel" and "the ability to move freely".

While the ambassador is confident of a deal, he said it is important to "prepare for the worst" with technical notices being issued by the British government on matters that will affect the travelling public. He concluded by saying that he hopes "British travellers and holidaymakers will continue to enjoy their holidays".


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