MP’s holiday advice

THE ANGUS MP is urging constituents to guarantee their peace of mind by booking ATOL-protected holidays this year.

Mike Weir MP spoke out this week as many people purchase foreign holidays in January as an antidote to the poor weather.

The Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) scheme safeguards the rights and money of travellers if their travel company collapses either before or during their trip.

This ensures travellers are not left stranded abroad or left out of pocket.

Last year Westminster agreed key changes to the scheme to widen protection and also boost understanding of consumer rights.

These changes saw ‘flight-plus’ holidays and package holidays included in the scheme and a certificate clarifying ATOL protection with each purchase.

Mr Weir said: “This month is often a prime time for booking overseas holidays to give something to look forward to in the dreich days of January.

“Sadly in these difficult economic times we have seen, in recent years, several holiday firms go under, and witnessed the sometimes utter chaos as people lose holidays or are stranded overseas.

“It can be utterly devastating to find that your holiday has been lost, but even worse to find that your hard earned money is gone as well.

“It is vital that anyone who is booking a holiday is clear as to what is and is not protected. I would urge everyone in Angus to be sure of the position when booking their holidays this year.”