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Monday, April 30, 2012 -

As the Air Travel Organisers’ Licencing (ATOL) Reforms come into effect today, ABTA – The Travel Association welcomed the findings of the Transport Select Committee’s report on ATOL, which argue that more fundamental reforms are still needed.

The report welcomes the changes but it highlights that other aspects of ATOL remain unsatisfactory and that the charges are unfair to some consumers and to sections of the travel industry.

Mark Tanzer, CEO said: “While today marks a milestone in consumer protection, some critical issues remain and we are pleased to see that the Committee recognises that the reforms do not go far enough. We welcome their support for bringing holiday sales by airlines into ATOL and believe that this must be the next essential step in order to create fair competition for all travel companies. It’s crucial that we and the wider industry keep this issue firmly on the Government’s agenda.  We also note with interest the Committee’s call for a more comprehensive review of the full range of issues and options in reforming ATOL and look forward to working with them on this.”

Source - ABTA

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