GTMC joins call for border control action - “UK Not Open for Business” says GTMC chief
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- Created on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 11:26
GTMC joins call for border control action - “UK Not Open for Business” says GTMC chiefThe GTMC, the UK’s leading organisation representing travel management companies, has added its voice to the movement urging the government to employ immediate measures to resolve the lengthy delays at Heathrow’s border control.
GTMC chief executive Anne Godfrey said: “The current chaos at Heathrow’s border control is affecting all travellers but as an organisation representing business travellers we are especially concerned of the effect these delays are having on the sector. The Fast Track facility for business travel passengers, supposedly to speed things up, is a joke and makes absolutely no difference.”
Ms Godfrey warned: “Once the formidable queues have been experienced business travellers may choose to avoid Heathrow and UK plc will again be the loser – in an extreme scenario, but not inconceivable, the South East will begin to suffer with a ‘UK Not Open for Business’ label.”
GTMC member company, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, also spoke up with Patrick Andersen, executive vice president UK & Ireland, Nordics and Eastern Europe saying: “The time spent at passport control is limiting the amount of business that can be done in an already delicate economy. Productivity is an essential part of the ROI on travel and the current delays are robbing many of our corporate clients.”