The chief executive of Abta has pledged to continue “ensuring the industry’s voice is clearly heard by government – no matter who’s Prime Minister”.
Mark Tanzer’s comments followed the resignation of Liz Truss, who quit after just 45 days in office amid political turmoil.
It follows the sudden departure yesterday of home secretary Suella Braverman, who was replaced by former transport secretary Grant Shapps.
“There is wide uncertainty around the stability of the government as a whole. Politics aside, many of the challenges businesses are facing remain and will continue to do so regardless of what happens with the current administration,” said Tanzer.
“Wherever today’s news leads the country, Abta will continue to make the case for what the travel industry needs to continue its recovery from the pandemic and to get through the cost-of-living crisis.
“We’re making sure the industry’s voice is heard, regardless of the political turmoil and noise, continuing to offer constructive policy solutions based on hard evidence.
“As I write, we are still expecting to hear more from the new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, at the end of this month as he sets out the full Budget (Medium-term Fiscal Plan), which will include assessments from the Office of Budget Responsibility on the economic position and outlook for the UK.”
He has written to Hunt “to lay bare the unique situation” facing the industry and calling for the extension of business rates relief support beyond April 2023; action to ease the pressure of Covid loan repayments and a freeze on Air Passenger Duty.
Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive at the Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “Businesses cannot continue with constant uncertainty. The focus must urgently turn to stabilise an already fragile economy and supporting businesses and people that remain vulnerable.”
And commenting on Twitter, she noted: “Resignation just after six weeks in office. Leadership election will be completed within the next week. A new PM beckons. Extraordinary political storm.
“Families and business have not stopped worrying about bills and their livelihoods, this hasn’t been recognised.”