The trade body has called on the UK government to “show that they really means business”
The World Travel & Tourism Council has called on the UK government to prioritise the return of international business travel
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The WTTC today calls on the UK government to prioritise the urgent resumption of international business travel – in line with the reopening of mobility and the easing of restrictions to domestic travel from the beginning of April.
“We need to capitalise on the huge success of the vaccine rollout and unblock the myriad of confusing rules and regulations, which has stalled essential business travel. Now is the time to show that the UK government really means business.
“The resumption of safe international business travel will generate a much-needed revenue boost for businesses up and down the country and provide a critical economic lifeline to the government and enable the chancellor to begin balancing the books.
“The UK is the fourth biggest G20 economy in terms of international travel and tourism spend from business travel, contributing £7.5 billion to UK PLC in 2019, and will be vital to kickstarting the country’s recovery.
“Resuming international travel also means the country’s economy can reopen more quickly, giving the UK a distinct competitive advantage as the globe slowly recovers and emerges from the ravages of the pandemic.”
With more demand for active travel, the adventure travel company is helping agents cater to this growing market
G Adventures has launched a month-long ‘Active’ travel campaign to help agents cater to the shift in demand towards active travel.
A recent survey by G Adventures showed that 28 per cent of British travellers plan to take an active trip as part of their next international holiday, with 12 per cent saying they would take a more active break and 27 per cent saying they’re more likely to try a new style of holiday than before the Covid-19 pandemic.
The campaign offers a 15 per cent discount on ‘Active’ tours, as well as training, webinars and four trip giveaways for agents throughout this month.
The weekly webinars will focus on educating agents on the best active experiences by region. Each week, agents attending the webinar will be eligible to win a spot on one of G Adventures’ European adventures, including river cruising in Burgundy, hiking the Corfu Trail and sailing the Croatian coastline. Other methods of prize-draw entry can be found on the Agents of Change Facebook page.
To register for the webinars, follow the links below:
Helping agents to encourage travellers to book now for travel later, 15 per cent discount on ‘Active’ tours applies to bookings made before March 31, 2021 and departing up to June 30, 2022. The sale includes the new collection of Active Europe tours, as well as hiking and trekking trips further afield, from South America to Africa.