Package holiday changes to benefit millions of travellers

Package holiday changes to benefit millions of travellers

- The new EU Package Travel Directive, which comes into force on Sunday 1 July 2018, confers travellers with all the consumer protection that traditional package holidays have always provided.

- For bookings from that date, online travel agents must take responsibility for each aspect of a holiday they sell in a single transaction.

- The new rules widen the definition of a package holiday, making many more travel firms take responsibility for sorting out any problems.

- But new legislation, the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, means that if a holiday is sold in a single transaction then the organiser must take responsibility.

- A leading travel lawyer, Stephen Mason of Travlaw, said: “A new definition of ‘package’ will capture millions more arrangements which are sold, and thereby greatly increase consumer protection.”

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