As a part of their UK Outbound Journey Suppose Tank collaboration, The Benefit Journey Partnership and AITO, The Specialist Journey Affiliation, final week launched their joint MP Engagement Programme, and as an initiative in response to Nationwide Journey Brokers’ Day.
The invitation was issued to all UK MPs to go to the retailers and workplaces of the journey companies within the constituencies through which the organisations’ members are situated. This exercise is a central a part of The UK Outbound Journey Suppose Tank initiative, which was launched in October final yr and which is supporting a large spectrum of political and coverage engagement work.
Over 330 invites have been despatched to MPs throughout the UK, and visits have already taken place with native journey companies, together with The Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton, DBE, MP for Doncaster Central, who visited Dawson & Sanderson. Her go to, and others, are notably well timed given the appreciable assist that member companies inside each Benefit and AITO have offered to travellers affected by the fires in Rhodes and Corfu.
Talking about her go to, Dame Rosie mentioned: “I do know that a lot of my constituents actually worth with the ability to go to a excessive road journey agent to speak about their vacation choices and get good recommendation on what to e book. Journey companies are an asset to our metropolis and play an enormous half in getting individuals into the town centre and the knock-on impact that has on different retailers.”
Different such visits because of the joint invitation from The Benefit Journey Partnership and AITO have included that of Andrew Stevenson, MP for Pendle, who visited Althams Journey in Clitheroe, and Chi Onwurah, each MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and in addition the Shadow Minister for Science, Analysis & Innovation – who visited Dawson & Sanderson in Newcastle.
Requests for future visits have been forthcoming from 30 extra MPs and these might be fulfilled in August and September. Julia Lo Bue-Stated, CEO, The Benefit Journey Partnership, mentioned: “We now have been delighted with the response from MPs who wish to go to our member companies, and people members who’ve already had visits have mentioned how useful they discovered them.
“Since launching our joint MP Engagement Programme initiative, we now have seen a notable enhance in engagement with the Authorities and with different influential policymakers. We’re working laborious to extend the general visibility and consciousness of the UK Outbound journey sector throughout Westminster, and these visits to members by their native MPs kind a essential a part of this work.
“Lots of the MPs we now have spoken to weren’t conscious of their native journey companies, nor have they’d the chance to fulfill them prior to now. We’re due to this fact actually happy with the extent of engagement we now have secured via the launch of this programme to date, and might be guaranteeing that we maximise the variety of MP visits to our journey companies over the approaching months.
“By illustrating to MPs how outbound journey companies are central pillars of their native enterprise communities, we’re constructing a powerful caucus of supporters in Parliament. This could strengthen significantly our case for the trade to obtain higher Ministerial illustration, whereas additionally reminding these in energy what an enormous financial contribution the journey sector delivers to UK PLC and to the general economic system.
“Our efforts to get extra trade gamers concerned with our exercise is on-going. We’re within the course of of getting optimistic conversations with a variety of key journey manufacturers and associations and are eager for others to hitch our Suppose Tank collaboration in order that we are able to make additional – and sooner – progress.”
Noel Josephides, a Director of AITO, The Specialist Journey Affiliation, whole-heartedly helps AITO’s joint initiative with Benefit Journey Partnership. He says: “AITO has invested a substantial quantity of effort and time over a few years by way of lobbying MPs and in addition in encouraging AITO members to have interaction with their MPs to provide them key information in regards to the journey trade, however this joint effort with Benefit is actually delivering effectively.
“The journey sector has not solely saved the UK from recession, in accordance with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics, however we’re additionally answerable for creating an enormous surge in shopper retail spend previous to happening vacation. Collectively, the outbound journey sector drives shopper pre-holiday spend to the worth of £37 billion by way of hairdressing, magnificence remedies, new garments, train lessons, necessities from the chemist reminiscent of suntan cream and far, way more.
“Such figures are vastly highly effective by way of probably the most fundamental financial arguments, they usually matter to Authorities. It’s our joint duty to make sure that each MP throughout the land – a lot of whom are, in fact, Ministers of State – is aware of simply how necessary the entire journey trade is – not simply airways! – and that they recognise how little help they’ve offered us with prior to now. The time has come for them to fee the journey trade as vastly necessary by way of financial supply to the nation. We have to shout it from the rooftops – and the briefing paperwork offered by AITO and The Benefit Journey Partnership allow each one in every of us to do that with confidence.”