ANITA (Association of Northern Ireland Travel Agents) continues to bring the plight of travel agents across Northern Ireland to the attention of the Executive.
In the last 10 days there has been a flurry of activity among the many members with many in depth discussions on how to get the outbound travel sector operating again and getting the many holidaymakers and business travellers on the move again.
Damian Murphy from Terra Travel said: “We have continued to have contact with as many MLAs and MPs as we possibly can to reinforce the urgency of our situation. To be fair the message about the fragile state of our industry and the need for a tailored financial support package seems to be getting through at the highest level. We have been in contact with Arleen Foster, Conor Murphy, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, John O’Dowd, Jonathan Buckley and many others regarding the issue and on the whole feedback from them has been very positive.
“They have taken on board the number of jobs that could be at risk- not to mention the affect this could have on our already struggling high streets and have said we will receive the same level of consideration already given to other industries who find themselves in a precarious position caused purely by this pandemic.”
At the time of writing discussions continue to take place and all concerned are hopeful of a positive outcome in the near future.