Voyager Travel Direct has published a guide to travel-related financial protection on its website. The online travel company has sought to answer the questions of many consumers regarding financial protection in the travel industry. In publishing this consumer guide, Voyager Travel hopes to clear up the widespread public confusion over how to safeguard one’s finances during travel.
With the costs of travel decreasing in the modern era, many consumers seek easy, cheap holidays. Voyager Travel Direct’s guide to financial protection in the travel industry explains how to avoid having a cheap holiday become very expensive after encountering unforeseen financial complications.
Voyager Travel’s guide to financial protection in the travel industry begins by discussing the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and its role in approving travel agencies based on its code of conducts. Voyager Travel’s guide reveals that travel agencies that have the ABTA stamp of approval are considered to be trustworthy, reputable companies. Similarly, the financial protection guide also explains how the Air Travel Organisers Licensing (ATOL), managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), ensures financial protection and entitlement to repatriation from its member tour operators.
The consumers’ guide also discusses the recent trend of booking flights and accommodation separately, as opposed to the flight and accommodation packages offered in all inclusive holidays. Voyager Travel recommend that consumers use caution in this booking approach and make sure that both travel suppliers hold an ATOL or guarantee protection through supplier failure insurance. Alternative to the separate booking method, many consumers seek cheap holiday packages abroad and Voyager Travel recommends that they book such package holidays with an ABTA bonded travel agent.
Verity Eyre, the General Manager of Voyager Travel Direct, explained why the company has published this consumers’ guide, saying: “We’ve written this guide to Financial Protection because we feel it is sometimes unclear to consumers whether their travel arrangements are financially protected and simply paying by credit card isn’t always the best approach. We hope this guide will help to shed some light on the complexities of financial protection in the travel industry so that consumers can make informed decisions when booking their next trip.”