ABTA provides template letter to help trade apply for Additional Restrictions Grants following Omicron restrictions
ABTA is urging travel companies to re-engage with their local authority and apply for Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) after the government introduced temporary travel restrictions in response to the Omicron Covid variant.
To help, the Association has provided a template letter which can be personalised and used to support applications.
UK Government guidance for local authorities makes clear that both tour operators and travel agents in England, including those who received the Restart Grant, should be considered eligible for the grants, subject to available funds.
ARGs are only available in England, but ABTA is also continuing to make the case to the devolved administrations about the ongoing need for support. This week Mark Tanzer wrote to the Chancellor repeating ABTA’s calls for funding support for the sector considering the recent Covid-19 developments.
Luke Petherbridge, Director of Public Affairs at ABTA – The Travel Association said: “The industry’s recovery was always going to be bumpy. The temporary measures introduced by the government this week and the increasing number of countries bringing in additional restrictions are cases in point, which is why we have consistently argued the sector needs to be offered support to get through the pandemic.
“Over recent months we have been supporting Members to access the grant schemes available, including providing support for individual applications, as well as maintaining our lobbying for additional support. The Additional Restrictions Grant funding is available to all travel companies, and a lot of it remains unspent, so I’d really encourage ABTA Members to get in touch with their local authority.
“The industry did not experience the summer recovery we had hoped for, which means we’re less able to weather these further storms. We know that small to medium sized companies, in particular, will struggle without additional help as they don’t have the same financing options as larger companies, and that is the case we have put to the Chancellor and the ministers responsible for our sector.”
A copy of the template letter is available from ABTA’s website – www.abta.com/savefuturetravel
which can be used to support your application.
ABTA Lifeline comes out with special appeal for industry colleagues
ABTA LifeLine to give away 30 Christmas dinners and is appealing to industry colleagues to donate as part of its festive appeal.
The beneficiaries will be sent food vouchers to spend in their local supermarket as part of the “Gift of Christmas” campaign.
Current and former travel industry professionals can nominate themselves or someone else who is experiencing financial difficulty this year by filling out a Gift of Christmas application form.
Applicants will need to upload supporting documents, photo ID and proof of having worked for an ABTA Member.
ABTA is also urging everyone to consider donating to colleagues through the ABTA LifeLine. By providing travel professionals with practical help – such as essential household appliances or covering priority bills such as rent or utilities – LifeLine tailors its support to meet the needs of peers in crisis.
ABTA LifeLine Director, Trudie Clements, said: “Christmas can be a time of real hardship and we are delighted that we will bring some relief to 30 families from all over the country. If you think a special dinner will help alleviate your current circumstances – or know someone for whom it will – please send us an application form. “
This is also a time for giving, so for those who can, please consider donating the cost of your favourite gingerbread latte, your Christmas cards or even your office Secret Santa to ABTA LifeLine. I’m sure those who would have received it would be happy to know this donation has gone to a really good cause.”
To donate, visit the ABTA LifeLine Gift of Christmas fundraising page and to find out more about applying for one of the Christmas dinners, visit the ABTA LifeLine website.