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EU to offer more protection for package holidays

Holidaymakers booking package holidays can look forward to more legal protection after the announcement by ABTA that revisions to the 1990 Package Travel Directive (PTD) will be published in July.

ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents) has been involved in revisions to the PTD since 2009 and will consult with its members before amendments to the revisions are discussed in September.

“Activity amending the proposal will not begin in the European Parliament or the Council until September 2013. A swift negotiation process will be required for the Directive to complete its legislative progress before European elections in May 2014," said ABTA.

In the UK, the 1992 Package Travel Regulations offer consumers legal protection and the 1990 Package Travel Directive underpins this.

Three main areas of legal protection are offered to those booking package holidays from the UK – the provision of information (eg brochure description); financial protection and repatriation in the event of company failure (if your package holiday is not as described in the brochure or online information); and a “specific regime” for contractual liability in respect of package holidays, which enables holidaymakers to make compensation claims against tour operators if anything goes wrong on a package holiday.

The redrafting of the Package Travel Directive by the European Commission aims to encourage more consumers to buy package holidays, as well as reducing confusion about holiday sales across the EU – and making sure consumers across the EU have the same level of legal protection when buying package holidays, including dynamic package holidays, in which the transport and accommodation are often booked through different companies.

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Dated: 29/04/2013

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