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.
ABTA has awarded Waterfront Publishing the licence to publish ABTA Magazine, along with a portfolio of print and digital products. ABTA Magazine and its associated publications are a free service for ABTA Members, funded entirely by advertising revenue.
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.
Following an announcement the UK government would look into action to tackle false sickness claims, ABTA is urging the industry to maintain momentum on the #StopSicknessScams campaign. The body hopes to ensure that change comes as quickly as possible to close the loophole in legislation that allows claims companies to unduly profit from sickness claims.
ABTA is launching a new, independent Alternative Dispute Resolution scheme for personal injury. The conciliation scheme is a simple and cost effective means for members and consumers to resolve personal injury claims, including holiday sickness claims, up to £10,000.
ABTA has revealed some 43,000 people could be affected by a cyber-attack on its website. An “external infiltrator” exploited a technological vulnerability, according to the organisation, accessing data provided by ABTA customers and ABTA members themselves via the website.
UK-based Diamond Shortbreak Holidays has ceased trading due to financial difficulties. As a result of the decision all holidays booked with the organisation are to be cancelled.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has changed its level of advice to The Gambia and now advises against “all but essential” travel to the country. The decision comes as Gambian president Yahya Jammeh declared a 90-day state of emergency a day before his official mandate ends.