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The Voice of Travel in Scotland

Established 1921

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20 June 2021

An Open Letter to the First Minister from the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association

Dear First Minister, In case you hadn’t noticed- and to be frank we think you either haven’t noticed or you don’t care; Travel is grounded. Travel is beached. Travel has run aground. Travel is a sinking ship.

14 June 2021

Travel Day of Action - 23 June Holyrood

A MESSAGE FROM JO DOOEY - SPAA PRESIDENT It's coming up on 18 months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and Scotland's and the UK's travel and tourism sectors have reached a critical time. No business sector has been more restricted or damaged by the effec

8 June 2021

British Cruise Passengers – Including Scots - Denied Right To Dock at Scottish Port Tomorrow

With less than 24 hours to go before their cruise ship docks in Greenock, hundreds of British passengers including, Scots, have been informed that they won’t be permitted to set foot on Scottish soil.

14 May 2021

Portuguese ‘State of Calamity’ Leads to Similar State For Scottish Travel Agents

“Portugal’s COVID status is that the country is in a ‘state of calamity’ – which is one step below their ‘state of emergency’ level," says SPAA president Joanne Dooey.

11 May 2021

Scottish Travel Agents Ready For Take Off Following First Minister Announcement

The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), the professional body for travel agents and the travel sector in Scotland today (Tuesday 11 May) welcomes the First Minister’s announcements around international travel and the confirmation of the green l

7 May 2021

Green Light Countries Welcomed – As Long As Scotland Follows Suit

The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), the professional body for travel agents and the travel sector in Scotland today (Friday 7 May) welcomes the announcement of the green light countries for international travel.

23 April 2021

SPAA Manifesto

It is the view of the SPAA that the next few months will be critical for the travel industry and it is of the utmost importance that government and industry liaise closely. Read our manifesto here.

16 March 2021

Comment on First Minister’s statement 16.3.21

Joanne Dooey, president of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), the professional body for travel agents and the travel sector in Scotland, says of today’s first minister statement (16.3.21)

23 February 2021

Door Slammed On Travel Sector Hopes Today … Again

What the travel sector in Scotland needed from today’s statement was a glimmer of hope, but that door was firmly closed in our faces once more.