TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has given "full backing" to a multi-million-pound package aimed at helping the travel trade in Scotland and said there's now "no more excuses" for Westminster not to follow suit.
Ministers at Holyrood today confirmed £5million will be made available to travel agents as part of a wider business support package. More details of the grant schemes are expected in coming days following the announcement made during the Budget debate at the Scottish Parliament.
Commenting, Travel trade union boss Cortes, said: “Our union gives full backing to the very welcome help being offered to Scotland’s travel agents. It comes not a moment too soon for a sector which has been hit really hard by the pandemic right across these islands.
“For months now our union has been calling on the Westminster Government to step in and help our travel trade, sadly without success. Since March we have seen more than 500 jobs lost in Scotland and thousands more across Britain, with businesses going to the wall.
“We know the Covid health crisis carries with it an economic emergency and the inaction of those in power is simply not tenable. Let’s have no more excuses in London, it’s time now for the Government there to follow suit and make sure our travel trade across Britain remains viable once we beat this terrible virus.”