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Hazzard calls on Economy Minister to save travel agents from COVID Collapse

21 September, 2020 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has called on Economy Minister Diane Dodds to urgently release financial support for local travel agents struggling as a consequence of the COVID19 pandemic. 


 The South Down MP said:  


“There are approximately 80 local travel agents employing in the region of 600 workers that are facing financial difficulty due to the impact of Covid-19.  


"Economy Minister Diane Dodds has failed to bring forward a focused support package for these workers and local businesses.  


“Recent research suggests the local travel agent industry has suffered a decline of more than 90% in trade this year, with consumer confidence in foreign travel at an all-time low.  


“Research also found that the number of people employed in this sector will have decreased by 54% within the next six months if an intervention is not made soon.  


“With this in mind, I have asked Minister Dodds to listen to these genuine concerns and introduce a much-needed support package for these workers and businesses. If she fails to do so, our local travel agencies face inevitable collapse.”  

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