14 Aug

ABTA statement on the Consultation on Package Travel Regulations

ABTA believes that when people buy a package holiday they should enjoy the same level of protection, whether they book that holiday in person, by phone or online. We also believe there is a need for more clarity about what constitutes a package holiday to help people understand when they are, or are not, protected. The EU published its revised Package Travel Directive in 2015 and ABTA has consistently supported its core principles for extending consumer protection. While we welcome this consultation, we need to better understand how the UK Government proposes translating these principles into UK law and have yet to see the draft wording for the new UK Package Travel Regulations. Such clarity is essential for the public to fully understand what will or will not be protected. Travel businesses also need to be given enough time to respond to the draft regulations and make any necessary changes to their business. The EU requires that the new Regulations come into effect in July 2018 so we need the Government to move swiftly in sharing the detail behind these broader proposals.