ABTA crackdown on holiday prices wins Government support

ABTA’s ongoing crackdown on agents breaching rules including non-optional extras in prices has won Government support.

Head of legal and member services Simon Bunce met Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform parliamentary under-secretary Gareth Thomas earlier this month.

Thomas backed the campaign which will ensure all companies display prices, including non-optional extras such as fuel surcharges and taxes.

Bunce added: “ABTA really appreciates Government support on this issue. We have worked hard with our members to create a level playing field and heighten the credibility of the travel industry.”

Bunce announced the Government’s backing of the initiative after six travel agents were fined up to £3,000 earlier this month for failing to comply with the new regulations.

He said: “We’re not going to stop now, there are companies still doing this [flouting rules].”

Bunce said ABTA is also keeping a close eye on Ryanair, which was given until the end of January by the Office of Fair Trading to show only all-inclusive pricing on its website.

An OFT spokesman said the organisation is confident the low-cost airline will meet the requirements by the deadline.

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