Election candidates urged by SPAA to recognise importance of travel and tourism

Governments have been urged to work with the travel industry to secure a “green and prosperous future” for the sector.

The call to politicians in Edinburgh and Whitehall comes from the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association ahead of next week’s general election.

The SPAA’s manifesto for travel and tourism cover three main themes: positioning Scotland as a sustainable travel leader; promoting fulfilling and rewarding careers in travel and tourism; and creating the conditions for travel businesses to compete and thrive.

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Key recommendations include:

  • Building a robust domestic industry in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and incentivising investment in new technologies
  • Reforming business rates and the apprenticeship levy to support high street travel agencies and upskill staff
  • Seeking co-operation with the EU on e-visa regimes and youth mobility agreements to minimise travel disruptions and enhance opportunities for young people

SPAA president Jacqueline Dobson (Barrhead Travel) said: “The next five years will determine the future of Scotland’s travel and tourism sector.

“The Scottish and UK governments need to work together with industry leaders to create a solid base for a sustainable future. This co-operation will help businesses that depend on travel and tourism to succeed and make sure that people can travel safely and with confidence.

“Travel and tourism are essential to Scotland’s prosperity, not only providing vital connectivity for businesses and communities, but also enhancing the well-being and cultural aspirations of Scots.

“Our manifesto is a call to action for the Scottish and UK governments to work with us to create a clear vision and strategy for the sector that supports both growth and sustainability.

“The SPAA is committed to working closely with the governments and industry stakeholders to promote and support our sector, which was severely impacted by the pandemic.

“We urge all candidates standing in the general election to recognise the importance of travel and tourism to Scotland and to support the recommendations in the manifesto.”

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