ABTA has called for visa-free travel and aviation access to be addressed “urgently” after agreement was reached between the UK and EU on the first phase of the Brexit process.
Negotiations on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU post-Brexit will start immediately after the UK government and EU officials reached a "last minute" deal on the first phase of the process.
ABTA said it would be lobbying for several major issues affectingn travel to be addressed as soon as possible in the trade talks.
These include maintaining UK citizens' ability to travel freely within Europe, continuing visa-free travel for business travellers and tourists, and protecting consumer rights.
Mark Tanzer, ABTA’s chief executive, said: “It is vital that the importance and scale of the travel industry are recognised in the discussions.
“The UK outbound travel industry generates over €37bn for the economies in the EU, and £28bn for the UK. It also supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and businesses, both here and abroad.
“Many travel companies have already begun to look ahead to 2019, so agreeing transitional arrangements early in the new year will help business to plan and help protect consumer confidence.
“ABTA has been working closely with the EU and the UK government to raise issues on behalf of the industry, and we will continue to do this throughout the next phase of the negotiations.”