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DUP Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, to urge him to consider further support measures for our travel industry, in recognition that the shifting status of some countries and the need for a quarantine period has had an enormous impact on the sector.

Carla Lockhart said:

“Each holiday or work related trip can represent a booking with an airline, accommodation reservations, car hire, train tickets as well as attraction tickets. Many of these will be booked using travel agents who handle the entire booking process.

The consequence of the FCO quarantine period on those returning from certain countries will have a significant negative impact on employers but also travel agents who locally sustain hundreds of jobs.

Already today I have spoken with travel agents in my own area who fear for the future of their businesses. We need Her Majesty’s Government to recognise this. Whilst many travel agents will have already availed of the Job Retention Scheme as well as other Treasury and NI Executive reliefs, additional Treasury support will need to be considered if these businesses are to survive.

We all look forward to the day when travel restrictions will lift and everyone will be able to travel unhindered again but we need to help the travel sector to survive this period.

I hope the Chancellor recognises this and steps forward with a support scheme for our beleaguered travel industry.”