09 Aug

Making holidaymakers aware of health and safety

Each year ABTA runs a series of campaigns across the peak season to help customers keep themselves safe on holiday. 

The campaigns are based on evidence from actual accidents and cover a range of issues including balconies, swimming and hiring quad bikes and mopeds abroad. Our balcony safety campaign, which launched in June, was particularly important given the tragic deaths and injuries reported in the media so far this year. And last week, ABTA Members reported that 36 of their holidaymakers had been involved in quad bike accidents in 2018.

These campaigns build on the work we do year-round with Members and destinations on health and safety. In addition to our published Health and Safety Technical Guide for Tourism Accommodation, we also have information available which Members can give to customers when they book a holiday or before they are due to travel.  

The health and safety Z-card is a useful booklet with advice for before customers travel and while they are on holiday, and is currently being updated. You can pre-order hard copies of the Z-card by contacting membersinfo@abta.co.uk. Electronic versions will also be available which you can include in any emails to customers.

We’d encourage all Members to support our health and safety initiatives in whatever way you can – whether that’s by distributing the Z-cards to customers, putting up posters in hotels and accommodation, or by sharing our advice and videos across social media. There are lots of ways to you can get involved!

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive