A MESSAGE FROM JO DOOEY – SPAA PRESIDENT
It’s coming up on 18 months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and Scotland’s and the UK’s travel and tourism sectors have reached a critical time. No business sector has been more restricted or damaged by the effects of the necessary Government public health response. Although the economy is beginning to reopen, our travel industry is still trapped in the cycle of uncertainty, work and costs stemming from constantly changing Government policy and action, and poor messaging.
At the centre of our joint Save Future Travel Coalition – Travel Day of Action we are calling on the UK, Scottish and other Governments to work together – in a four nations approach – to allow international travel to return safely and to bring forward a package of tailored financial support, including extension of the furlough scheme – as a priority and a matter of urgency. We can’t afford to wait any longer, and the UK economy will be severely damaged by any further delay.
Please join us in Edinburgh on the 23rd if you possibly can, encourage your travel friends/ colleagues past + present to get involved, and let’s #speakupfortravel loudly and clearly!
REGISTER NOW – More details, social media messaging and templates will follow in further Member Updates this week!
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE DAY
To register your intention to participate, please email SPAA Secretary Janice Hogarth at [email protected] with your name and address, and name/s of any colleagues who plan to join you. This is important – to allow us to comply with Scottish Government Test and Protect guidance and regulations
>> GENERAL GUIDANCE FOR THE DAY
>> The Day of Action is open to anyone involved in travel in Scotland – past or present;
please encourage colleagues and ex-colleagues to participate on the day
>> Do not attend the event if you – or anyone you know – has any of the known
symptoms of COVID-19 – which can be found here
>> Throughout the event you must observe social distancing
>> You can park at Holyrood Park Broad Pavement car park – please note that there
is a cost for parking here and it is only possible to pay by card not cash
>> Please arrived at the car park by 11.45am – we will have marshals in high-viz
vests who will guide you
>> There are no public toilets available on site
>> We will have a large number of placards with our key messages – you can pick
one up from our van which will be parked in the car park. Please do take one as
we want to make as big a spectacle as possible
>> If you have one, please bring and wear your SPAA-branded face mask
>> Please use social media to extend the reach of our protest using our hashtags
#TravelDayofAction and #speakupfortravel
>> If you have any queries prior to the event you can email us here
>> If you need to talk to someone urgently on the day you can call 07795 331889
>> At the end of the protest, please take your placard back to the van and make sure
that you remove any rubbish and dispose of this responsibly
>> We ask that you use your judgement about whether to attend – we consider that
this is a work related event