Clear
0 Selected+
Filters
Air
Luxury
Regulation
Operators
Agencies
City and finance
Destinations
Skills
Cruise
Technology

Hello! You are viewing your 1 free guest article this week


Join now for free, immediate and unlimited access to our award-winning online content. Find out more...

Join us
Already a member? Log in here

News

14 Feb 2018

BY Jennifer Morris

Share
TRFBLI

Date ‘confirmed’ for details of the Package Travel Regulations

The government will spell out new definitions of what constitutes a package and Linked Travel Arrangements shortly after Easter.

Travel suitcase concept - Photo by Francesca Tirico on Unsplash
Sharelines

“It’s a bit of a bombshell when, as BEIS admits in its letter, ‘business and consumer groups highlighted some complex concerns that required further in-depth consideration’.”

UK businesses may need to make changes to comply with the Package Travel Regulations (PTR), which must be adopted by July 1.


The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) sent a letter to trade associations this week, and a spokesperson confirmed to TTG details would be unveiled “around April 1”.


The industry was given just six weeks to comment on any changes last autumn and fears its thoughts have not been taken onboard.


Aito chairman Derek Moore said: “It’s a bit of a bombshell when, as BEIS admits in its letter, ‘business and consumer groups highlighted some complex concerns that required further in-depth consideration’.”


He said the industry “has no idea” what has been concluded in the past five months and had not been able to comment.


An Aito spokesperson added: “Aito produced 21 pages [of feedback] at short notice, as did Abta and everyone else in the industry. It’s so much research, you put your heart and soul into it and they don’t reply.”


Simon Bunce, director of legal affairs at Abta, added: “The UK government missed the EU’s deadline of January 1 for publishing the new PTR, and now it will be April before the industry gets the final regulations – just three months before they are due to come into force in July.


“The government has also said that it will be working to provide guidance for the travel industry, which is helpful, but the very tight timescale still presents a significant challenge for businesses.”


A BEIS spokesperson responded: “Responses from stakeholders always inform government opinion. The formal response will set out what we have listened to, our thoughts and how we will take things forward.”

Add New Comment
Please sign in to comment.
Show me more
TTG Media Limited.
Place of registration: England and Wales.
Company number 08723341.
Registered address: New Bridge Street House, 30-34 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6BJ
Scroll To Top