Package Holidays Specialist Welcomes New ATOL Reforms

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Packyourbags.com, one of the UK’s leading online retailers for package holidays gives its support to the new ATOL rules being reviewed by Government.

New ATOL reforms currently under review by the Government will mean more holidaymakers will receive better protection in the event of a company going bust.

To date, the ATOL scheme compensates those people booked on package holidays if their tour operator goes bust before they depart, or if holidaymakers are already overseas then transportation is arranged to bring them back home.

However, due to the travel industry evolving significantly over the last decade, the methods available today for travel agents and tour operators to dynamically create holiday packages for clients is far more complex than the traditional off the shelf package holidays available ten/twenty years ago, and up until now it is these types of holidays where consumers haven’t been covered.

However, if the new proposals are approved, it means those travellers who are offered dynamic packages, or flight plus holidays where a travel agent manually creates a package from different flights and accommodation, will be covered if any one of the companies they booked through goes bust.

Managing Director Mark Kempster of Packyourbags.com commented, “Taking the necessary steps to cover more people is good, but the new reforms aren’t quite enough; they need to go further to try and include all independent travellers. In addition, by taking further steps with these reforms there will be a more level playing field for companies involved in selling travel.”

Packyourbags.com is a fully licensed and bonded member of ABTA, ATOL & IATA, providing customers with the peace of mind that when they purchase a holiday on its website; all monies paid are completely safe.

The benefit in booking online through Packyourbags.com is the opportunity to search through all the leading tour operators’ holidays in one place. Packyourbags.com is completely independent so users can enter their preferred search criteria and the site then checks and compares all operators’ holidays to the chosen destination to present the traveller with the holidays that best match their criteria at the best available prices.

With the Mediterranean being its primary focus, Packyourbags.com has thousands of holiday deals to the most popular destinations such as Italy, Spain, holidays to Turkey and Greece holidays.

For the latest offers visit Packyourbags.com or call 0800 652 5986.

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