Remark: Journey wants a roadmap and assist


If the federal government insists on treating us in another way it should assist us financially, says Journey Weekly editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley

The business is on tenterhooks ready for Boris Johnson’s announcement concerning the lifting of Covid restrictions subsequent week.

I’ve had numerous calls with individuals ending the dialog with: “We’ll know extra after February 22”. However will we? We nonetheless aren’t certain the resumption of journey can be talked about within the roadmap out of lockdown.

So it’s unsurprising lobbying by the sector is mounting, whether or not it’s the Journey Business Alliance, the #SaveFutureTravel coalition or, most not too long ago, the Save Our Summer time marketing campaign.

Whereas added strain on authorities is welcome, it’s debatable what number of campaigns we’d like. We now have one calling for journey to open on Might 1 as one other requires sector-specific assist as a result of the business is successfully shut down. They contradict one another, but many companies have signed as much as each. This solely serves to fragment our business and, crucially, our voice.

Messages ought to be mixed: Give us a roadmap to journey opening and description how you’ll assist our business till we will restart.

Asking for the abroad journey ban to be lifted on a particular date appears futile. The federal government has to comply with the science, so won’t ever to decide to that.

If ministers are saying journey is presently unlawful, and warning in opposition to reserving for the summer season in addition, then the business basically stays locked down.

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If that’s the authorities’s stance, it has to deal with us in another way – and assist us financially.

Remark from Journey Weekly February 18 version

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