New GTMC Chairman warns there are challenges ahead for business travel

The Guild of Travel Management Companies’ (GTMC) newly-appointed Chairman, Ajaya Sodha, warns there are still challenges ahead for the business travel industry.
Key Travel’s Co-founder and Chairman Sodha spoke at a lunch following GTMC’s AGM (30 January 2012), where Sodha officially took over the role as Chairman from Portman Travel’s Michael Hare.
Sodha highlighted the lack of air capacity in Southeast of England and excessive aviation taxes. He said these issues were constraining the ability of UK companies to win business and limited the country’s ability to act as a global player.
“Unless the government acts quickly we will be relegated into also-rans when compared with the air capacity of Germany and France,” he added. “In addition saddling our business travellers with excessive taxes makes us less competitive as a nation. The risk is that corporates will soon bypass the UK through their travel policies, or even through their investment decisions, as we become less economically attractive.”
On the subject of lobbying activities Sodha said that these would be increased, not just with the UK government but also EU institutions. “Many pieces of legislation that affect the business travel community emanate from the EU. It is therefore vital for us to lobby those EU institutions to ensure they understand how their decisions impact the business traveller,” he said.
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