Travel Agent’s Daughter Asks Boris Johnson To Help UK Trade
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
After hearing her travel advisor mother talking about her fears for the trade's future, a 12-year-old took it upon herself to single-handedly save the industry.
Young Ava Lowe decided the best course of action was to write a letter to the Prime Minister. And why not?
According toTravelWeeklyUK, Ava’s mother, Tania, is a partner of PR World Travel in the English town of Radcliffe. In the letter, Ava beckons U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “do something to help” travel agencies stay open because she is worried they will struggle to survive.
“I am writing to you because of a concern I have. I believe that travel businesses will not get back on their feet this year and therefore may go into debt or go bust. So can you please do something to help them stay open and in business," wrote Ava.
Tania said she was unaware her daughter's undertaking, but will be mailing the message to the PM.
“She decided to do it on her own. She had overheard me talking on the phone to my business partner about cancellations and saying I didn’t know what would happen in the future. Obviously this has stuck in her mind and she wanted to help. It did make me very emotional," Tania said.
PR World Travel has furloughed four staff and permanently closed down one of its two branches at the start of the lockdown.
Tania said she's confident her agency would survive the crisis, but added that it all depends on how long the coronavirus closures continue.
"We know July and August will be written off but we are hoping to get back on track for September and October," Tania told TravelWeeklyUK. "It's hard to predict. We’re taking it one day at a time otherwise it gets too much emotionally and physically.”
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.