Travel Agents: Coronavirus

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on online travel agents.

Photo of Baroness Barran Baroness Barran The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

We are regularly assessing Covid-19’s significant impact on tourism businesses. We recognise that these are extremely challenging conditions for those in the sector, including online travel agents.

Online travel agents that employ staff in the UK have been able to access the Government’s comprehensive economic support package, which includes the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme, the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the Bounce Back Loans scheme.

When it launches in November, the Jobs Support Scheme will help protect jobs within businesses facing lower demand due to Covid-19.

We are continuing to engage across Government and with stakeholders to assess how we can most effectively support the recovery of tourism across the UK.

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