ABTA has urged travellers to think twice before hiring mopeds while overseas, and to only ride quad bikes as part of an organised excursion. In recent years, quad bikes have become increasingly popular, particularly in places like Greece, Cape Verde and Turkey.
ABTA has launched a refreshed version of its Accessible Tourism e-learning tool; an online tool developed to help staff working in the travel industry build on their knowledge of accessible tourism and meet customer needs.
There is a growing “puzzlement, frustration and a little bit of anger” from UK-based travel agents about government delays in negotiating Brexit, according to ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer.
As many as two in five people – or some 9.9 million Brits - who travelled abroad in the past 12 months have holidayed without the right travel insurance, took part in activities which may not have been covered, or didn’t have any insurance at all, according to ABTA.
The UK government has said it will introduce new rules to fix the legal costs that can be claimed in package holiday sickness claims. The move is designed to close a loophole which the travel industry believes has helped fuel a rising number of claims.
Repatriation and refund protection will be considered as part of an independent review into the levels of protection that are available for passengers who find themselves impacted by the failure of an airline, the UK government has said.
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As many as 9.5 million British adults have been approached about making a compensation claim for being sick while on holiday, according to ABTA. New figures from a YouGov survey of British adults reveal almost one in five people, or 19 per cent, have been contacted about making a compensation claim for holiday sickness.
ABTA estimates that over 4.5 million passengers are heading abroad over the Christmas and New Year period, with the peak travel day predicted to be December 22nd. At the same time, and somewhat unsurprisingly, Christmas Day is expected to be the quietest day for travel.
ABTA is estimating that 2.1 million Brits are set to head abroad this bank holiday weekend. With temperatures around the Mediterranean expected to hit the low thirties over the weekend, Spain remains a popular destination, and southern Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands in particular are all expecting large numbers of British holidaymakers.
Enhanced regulations designed to better protect an extra ten million UK package holidays booked online have been unveiled by the UK government. The consultation on the package travel regulations sets out the government’s proposals for the introduction of new consumer rights around package holidays.