NTIA BEATS COVID PASSPORTS
The NTIA is a Trade Association and Membership Organisation that promotes the unique contribution of The Night Time Industry in the UK and internationally.
- Ensuring that the public discussion about the benefits to the UK – and internationally – of the Night-Time Industry is clearly understood across society.
- Championing the enormously successful entrepreneurs who make Britain one of the most exciting international destinations for tourists.
- Challenging the unfair treatment and attitudes currently being imposed upon the Night-Time Industry.
Creative, passionate, and full of energy, The NTIA represents the enormous success story that is the UK’s fifth biggest industry, which accounts for at least 8% of the UK’s employment and revenues of 66 Billion per annum (that’s 6% of the UK total).
Covid has been a crutch to the hospitality industry. With the country on and off lockdown to the prime minister's decision to make covid passports mandatory. On the 30th of July, we launched the EMAIL YOUR MP - COVID PASSPORTS campaign. We encouraged people from the broad industry to send their concerns to the local MPs regarding the COVID-19 passports. The success of the campaign is measured by over 15,000 letters sent to constituent MP’S opposing COVID passports in six weeks. We are aware that the fight is not over yet and we continue working tirelessly to ensure that the industry’s voice is heard by government bodies.
Michael Kill CEO NTIA Says:
“On Sunday, the sector was rejoicing that our campaigning efforts had paid off and that the policy around Covid Passports was dead. Today, businesses up and down the country are once again thinking they may have to make an enormous and detrimental change to their operating model in the future if infection rates increase.”
“The idea too, that a vast and logistically challenging policy can be kept in ‘reserve’ and implemented at one week's notice, as has been reported, is absurd. It is no way to treat a sector that has already been so badly hit. Sometimes it feels like ministers have no idea what it is like to run a business, let alone the types of businesses we represent.”
“We have already seen the impact of the potential implementation of Covid Passports, with an estimated 30% drop in trade, ticket sales flatlining for events and workforce displacing to other industries with less stringent restrictions. This policy would do so much damage."
“The Government needs to recognise the sacrifices made by businesses within hospitality and the night time economy against the public health crisis, being one of the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic. Businesses need certainty if they are to have the confidence to invest and rebuild our industry. To give them this certainty, the Government should be clear that vaccine passports have been scrapped completely and aren’t part of any 'Plan B'.