ATOL TO BE EXTENDED TO INDEPENDENT HOLIDAY BOOKERS

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore February 4, 2011 14:04

ATOL TO BE EXTENDED TO INDEPENDENT HOLIDAY BOOKERS

The UK Government has stated that it is considering extending the Air Travel Organisers Licensing (ATOL) scheme, which provides protection against a tour operator failing, to websites that enable people who put together packages themselves.

New legislation will be required to make the move that reflects the growing use of the internet by holidaymakers. The scheme will ensure people get home when they were stranded and get a full refund if any of the companies providing a component of their trip went bust.

“Since it was introduced, ATOL has provided protection for millions of holiday makers and I am determined to see this continue,” said Theresa Villiers, the aviation minister. “Insolvencies in recent years have shown us how important it is that customers are able to buy protected holidays, but recent court cases have only served to highlight the fact that the scheme is in need of reform. These changes will remove much of the confusion surrounding ATOL, while ensuring operators who offer such holidays provide customers with the financial protection they expect.”

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore February 4, 2011 14:04
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