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Abta: 'The timescale is very tight'

Abta: 'The timescale is very tight'

Citing Abta, BEIS said the boom in online bookings had created a gap in consumer protection, with around 50% of holidays not currently financially protected in the event of a company folding.

 

Abta confirmed around half of all UK holiday travel arrangements - 20 million packages and 3 million so-called flight-plus holidays - are currently protected under Atol.


After becoming protected under Atol in 2012, flight-plus arrangements will be redefined as packages.


The net result is an increase in financial and legal protection, but Abta said the announcement was not yet the full picture.


Mark Tanzer, Abta chief executive, said: “We are still waiting for the government to publish the regulations. Today’s announcement sets out the government’s expected approach which will result in more holiday travel arrangements being classified as packages meaning greater protection for these types of holiday.


“We still need the detail of the final regulations and Abta will be working hard to make sure members understand what the final regulations mean for their businesses and the steps they need to take.”


Tanzer reiterated under the existing regulations, packages and flight-plus holidays are protected.
However, from July 1, when flight-plus arrangements become packages, the overall number of protected holidays may not increase, but the level of protection for consumers will.


“Once published, the timescale is very tight for UK businesses to understand these regulations and to make necessary changes,” Tanzer added.


Abta has said it will issue updated guidance for members via its PTD hub.

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