Holidays: Expert shares the most ‘secure’ way to book a 2021 holiday & avoid losing money

UK travel: Expert advises on booking summer holidays

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Over the last year, the travel industry has been thrown into a state of disarray. Now, as travel restrictions are tightened, there are concerns summer holidays may be off the cards in 2021.

After a year spent at home, though, many Britons might be eager to get plans booked.

Luckily, according to a travel expert, there is one-way hopeful holidaymakers can book future travel while minimising the risk of losing money should cancellation strike.

Noel Josephides is an expert from the Association of Independent Tour Operators and has over 50 years experience working in the travel sector.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, he championed package holidays as the way to go.

“If you book a package now then under the practice travel regulations you are secure,” he explained.

“You will not lose your money should your tour operator fail. You will get all the money back from the Civil Aviation Authority, or actually depending on the kind of booking you have made.

“As long as you book through a licensed source then you have nothing to worry about.

“This happened last year, and everybody slowly got their money back.

“We’re hoping that we’re not going to have to go through that yet again, because I think a great many just won’t have the cash to do so.”

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He continued: “If you book a package, then you know that your money is secure.”

The travel expert went on to predict holidays could be back up and running by May.

He said: “We confidently expect that by May, seeing that most of the over 50s’ will have been vaccinated by then, that we will be able to go ahead.

“Don’t forget we the travel industry are very much part of the cure.

“We provide happiness to millions, we fulfil their dreams and they desperately need a holiday.”

Though this morning Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps warned holidays are “off the cards” for now, Mr Josephides points out there is no legal stipulation in place banning future travel plans.

“You can certainly book a holiday,” he said.

“I have just heard Grant Shapps say that you shouldn’t but the fact is there is nothing illegal about booking a holiday and in fact, there are already millions of people who have booked.

“Don’t forget how many deferred from last year and they are all waiting.”

On February 22, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to present a roadmap to “unlocking” the current lockdown.

“Certainly we do need a roadmap,” said Mr Josphides.

“Quite understandably what the Government is doing now is exactly what Governments everywhere are doing.

“Over this winter they are trying to stem their number of instances so they will be able to open up for the spring.”

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