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Transport minister makes ABTA visit

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA, Simon Burns MP and John McEwan, chairman of ABTA

Minister of State for Transport Simon Burns visited ABTA’s office in Park Street today to discuss travel industry issues.

Members of the association voiced their concerns to the MP particularly focusing on ATOL, APD and airport capacity. Burns said he had found the meeting “constructive and informative”.

“We will continue to work with ABTA and other key stakeholders as we modernise the ATOL scheme and develop a sustainable aviation policy that supports economic growth while reflecting the environmental impacts of flying,” he said.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA said the meeting had shown its relationship with the government.

“We’ve built a strong relationship with the DfT in recent years and today’s meeting was a continuation of that constructive relationship. The Minister was keen to listen to and understand the industry’s most pressing concerns and we will continue to lobby him to ensure a successful and sustainable UK travel and tourism industry,” he said. 

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