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different sides of the same coin The speed of recovery for the business and leisure travel industries is now very much in the hands of the Global Travel Taskforce and its much-anticipated traffic light scheme. Our two industries are united in hoping and lobbying for a strong and safe travel green list that can kickstart our economy once more. But, sadly, our two industries have not been treated the same way throughout this pandemic. Whilst leisure travel agents have been able to access additional financial support through the Government’s Additional Restrictions and Recovery Grant, our TMCs have been locked out of the scheme. Despite facing the identical challenges of plummeting sales, huge refund demands and a lack of traveller confidence, our business-focused community is being punished for its lack of presence on the High Street. These grants would offer a vital lifeline as we face more months of uncertainty. However, they alone will not solve the crisis we face. For this, we’re calling on the

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Government to not only be clear and transparent about the criteria for its traffic light list but to extend the furlough scheme for the worst affected industries. The business travel industry is suffering long-Covid. Business travel will not have recovered by September when the furlough scheme ends. We are therefore reluctantly asking for furlough to be extended until the end of 2021 so we can enter the new year as a leaner, more resilient and economically viable industry that’s ready and able to support UK plc. We stand beside the Government in prioritising public health and, of course, understand the need to keep our borders under review. However, business travel will be vital to the recovery of the aviation industry and the UK’s economy as a whole. We will be fighting to get business travel destinations onto the travel green list as soon as it is safe to do so – and I’m sure many across our industry will be supporting their leisure colleagues by booking a much-needed holiday.

Transatlantic move for aer lingus aer linGuS is to launch its first ever transatlantic flights direct from Manchester, starting this summer. Non-stop services to New York JFK and Orlando will begin on July 29, Barbados starts on October 20 and Boston services will commence in summer 2022. The New York route will be a daily service, Orlando five times a week and Barbados three times a week. Schedules for the Boston service have yet to be confirmed. The New York JFK and Boston flights will serve 58 onward destinations, with schedules designed to maximise onward connectivity to destinations such as Las Vegas, Nashville, and Jamaica. There will also be flights from Manchester to San Jose, Bermuda and Dallas for the first time.

adagio oPenS flagShiP aParThoTel in london aDaGiO has opened a second property in London – the flagship Aparthotel Adagio London Stratford. The new-build development has 136 self-catering apartments with staff on hand 24/7, a private gym, a small on-site convenience store and guest parking. Apartments comprise 100 two-person studios and 36 flats accommodating up to four people, all with fully-equipped kitchens.

Each apartment will feature the brand’s new “FACELIFT” concept, which promises a functional and contemporary design. The property will also serve as a pilot site of the brand’s new Digital Room Directory, where all customer enquiries can be answered by scanning a QR Code. Agagio now has six aparthotels in the UK, including London Brentford. A property in Sutton is set to open later this summer.

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