Large and small ANVR travel organizations for business and leisure travelers, (independent) travel agents and near and far travel specialists; they badly need the government support to survive 15 months inactive and to bridge the corona crisis in the coming months. With the world finally opening up - just ajar -, the travel industry is currently content to extend support over the next three months. According to the sector organization, the cabinet must realize that this is also an SME crisis and that the travel sector mainly consists of SMEs that are trying to keep their heads above water. In addition, 'by order' of the government, the travel sector has been closed for 15 months and many companies focused on long-haul travel will also have to remain closed in the coming months.
As one of the hardest and longest hit sectors, the travel industry had actually pinned its hopes on more sector-specific measures. But despite all the letters, visits to and conversations with ministers and state secretaries, these measures never materialized. Despite huge revenue losses, hundreds of thousands of repatriations and cancellations, ANVR travel companies still adhere to the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by not arranging trips to orange areas, while they are on their lips.
The travel sector is therefore calling on the government to continue the financial support until the end of the year, so that many companies do not go under in sight of the port. Soon everyone will be vaccinated or tested and the travel companies will be able to do what they do best: organize a holiday or business trip for the consumer. But then the sector will still need government support this year, according to the ANVR.