ABTA is calling on the government to consider extraordinary support measures for businesses operating in the tourism sector in the budget next week.
The request comes in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
Following a meeting with the tourism minister last week, ABTA conducted a survey among its members to ask them about business impacts if the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen.
In a letter to the prime minister, Boris Johnson, ahead of the March 11th budget, ABTA has called for the government to consider steps to protect healthy businesses that may suffer financial distress.
These measures could include bridging loans, a relief to business rates, VAT and PAYE deadline extensions and reliefs and a six month ‘holiday’ from air passenger duty.
Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, said: “As the outbreak of coronavirus develops, travel businesses are under increasing pressure.
“They cannot wait to see what may happen in the months to come; we are asking the government to act now in taking steps to protect them.
“Among the travelling public, our priority remains to be proactive in providing up to date fact-based information and to give perspective so they can make informed decisions.
“We are also explaining the…