Introduction to the Package Travel Regulations
The roots of the current UK Package Travel Regulations trace back to the 1960s when UK tourists started to venture to Spain and the Mediterranean and the packaged travel industry picked up. During the 1970s there were various high profile failures, with thousands of passengers left stranded abroad at airports and significant sums of money owed to people yet to travel. Public pressure forced the UK Government to put in place a set of regulations to protect consumers. The Government subsequently set up the ATOL scheme in 1973, run and administered by the CAA and which provides protection for flight inclusive holidays. In 1992 legislation was also put in place to protect consumers purchasing non-flight travel packages. The 1992 Regulations were updated again in 2018 following the 2015 EU Package Directive.
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