ABTA – the Travel Association, today welcomes the School Travel Forum’s (STF) decision to make ABTA membership a requirement of STF membership.
The School Travel Forum is a not for profit, professional trade association which supports its members to achieve and maintain specific industry standards in health and safety and quality learning experiences; enabling schools and students to travel safely and with confidence. STF Members range from the UK's largest educational travel providers to smaller specialist operators, and are recognised for providing high quality experiences for student and youth travellers – whether it be a cultural, ski or sports trip.
In joining ABTA, STF Members and their customers will benefit from the additional support, protection and expertise that ABTA offers. This includes financial protection solutions for package holidays, and, where required, non-packages; ABTA’s Code of Conduct; crisis management support; legal advice and additional customer support.
This joint approach will bring together the strengths of both organisations for the benefit of students, teachers, schools and other stakeholders - combining the STF’s educational travel experience and expertise with ABTA’s broader knowledge and experience of the travel sector.
STF Members will have access to ABTA’s guidance which covers a range of issues, from animal welfare to health and safety, Package Travel Regulations and GDPR.
As with all Members, ABTA’s Code of Conduct will apply, allowing schools to book and travel with confidence.
ABTA will also support the School Travel Forum and its Members in demonstrating and promoting the benefits of booking with an ABTA Member.
Existing and future STF Members will be subject to ABTA’s application and approval process, with many STF Members already ABTA Members prior to the new arrangement.
Victoria Bacon, ABTA Director of Brand and Business comments:
“We are delighted to join forces with School Travel Forum Members to support school trips.
“With 75% of people looking for an ABTA Member when they book their own family holiday1, knowing that they can do the same for school breaks will give parents and teachers confidence that they are booking with a reputable travel company.
“We look forward to working with the School Travel Forum and demonstrating the added benefits of ABTA Membership.”
Gill Harvey, Chief Executive of the School Travel Forum said:
“This is a very positive and important step for the School Travel Forum. ABTA is a trusted travel brand known for its expertise and guidance, and will provide STF Members with a wealth of advice and support in addition to what we already provide.
“We also recognise the role ABTA has in providing practical help and expertise on travel regulations – such as the upcoming Package Travel Regulations and GDPR – to inform and keep Members up to date on what’s required of them in the coming months.”
Notes to editors
1When asked “I would expect my holiday company to be a member of ABTA”, 75% of families with children aged 5 or over agreed.