The Scottish travel industry is planning to protest outside the Parliament on Wednesday over the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In an open letter to the First Minister, Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association president Joanne Dooey asked “why travel has been given the red card, while football is permitted to boogie with mass fan zones”.
The letter pointed out that since March last year, travel agents have had nothing to sell and no one to sell to. “They’ve had to remain open to service repatriations and re-bookings, but they’ve been overlooked as retail operations and left with little sector specific funding support.”
What support they have been given – which depended solely on their rateable value of premises and omitted home workers – has gone, explained Dooey.
“The irony of the furlough scheme – which ought to have been a lifeline for their finances – is that despite having nothing to sell, agents had to remain open to handle the many thousands of customer…