THE proposal to scrap tour operator ATOL bonds has been
hailed as a victory for common sense by the travel
It has emerged that part of the regulatory impact assessment
currently with the Department for Transport contains a
recommendation to ditch the costly bonds.
The move will put an end to claims the travel industry operates
on an unlevel playing field, following the growth of low-cost
airlines and seat-only sales that operate outside of bonding
The current ATOL scheme will be replaced with a £1 levy per
passenger which will build up a fund to protect consumers in the
event of a failure. An interim fund set up by the Government will
operate while the levy funds build up.
Federation of Tour Operators director-general Andy Cooper said
the FTO is in favour of the proposed changes.
“It’s by no means a done deal, but we strongly
support the proposals. It’s a triumph for common sense and
recognises the change in the marketplace,” he said.
The whole process is expected to take 12 to 18 months.
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