National Day of Action: Leeds holiday rental business joins calls for Government to safely reopen travel
A Leeds holiday rental business is joining a National Day of Action to call on the Government to safely reopen travel.
Kalkan Magic - run by Leeds couple, Sue and Sean Flynn based in Roundhay - is taking part in the Travel Day of Action today (June 23) to highlight the ongoing challenges facing the sector, and the risks to businesses and livelihoods.
Sue and Sean will be taking part in a 'Twitter storm' to raise awareness of the plight of the sector.
The Travel Day of Action is a pan-industry event – bringing together people and businesses from across the aviation and travel industries - including those who operate and organise overseas and inbound holidays, visits to family and friends and business trips abroad.
Sue and Sean Flynn established their holiday rental business, www.kalkanmagic.com in 2005.
Their company lets a number of bespoke holiday properties in the picturesque harbour village of Kalkan on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.
Turkey is currently on the red list but since it received its red status, the country has reduced its Covid rates substantially and vastly increased its vaccination rates.
Sue Flynn said: “After rolling over many of last year’s guests to this year because of travel restrictions, it was not expected that the same would have to be repeated for 2021. Our guests are as frustrated as we are. It is just very upsetting for everyone.”
Without a meaningful summer season – a crucial period of the year for travel businesses – many thousands of livelihoods are at stake, as well as the ability of the travel sector to recover and reconnect the UK to the world.
Sue pleaded with the Government to "urgently help" their business.
She added: "Travel businesses have suffered more than many companies in this crisis.
"International travel has been severely restricted for almost 18 months now and, while other businesses have been opening their doors in recent weeks, the Government has been telling people not to travel.
"We desperately need the Government to safely open up overseas travel. In fact, the situation is beyond desperate.
"We need the Government to urgently help us.”