On the approach to the peak summer holiday season, David Rutley MP is supporting the Association of British Travel Agents’ (ABTA) call to highlight the importance of local holidaymakers obtaining the necessary insurance before travelling.
According to ABTA research, as many as one in three people from the North West travelled abroad in the past year without the right cover; took part in activities which may not have been covered; or did not have any insurance at all. David is, therefore, backing ABTA’s call to holidaymakers to take out travel insurance which covers their circumstances and the activities they are planning to do. This will help people to avoid potentially costly medical bills should anything go wrong whilst on holiday.
An insurer can reject a claim for insurance if people do not declare a pre-existing medical condition, or by taking part in activities that their insurance policy did not cover. Local residents can find out more information, as well as tips and advice on choosing the right travel insurance policy, on ABTA’s website: abta.com/travelinsurance
Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive, said, “Every year we see cases of people falling into difficulty due to travelling without sufficient travel insurance. While many people are still choosing not to take out travel insurance at all, others are travelling unaware that their insurance policy is not protecting them as they expect. While not declaring existing medical conditions or taking part in activities that aren’t covered are easy mistakes to make, they can be very costly, leaving holidaymakers and their families with expensive medical bills which run into thousands of pounds. I would urge all holidaymakers to make sure they take out travel insurance and check that it covers their circumstances and holiday plans.”
David said, “It is simply not worth the risk to travel abroad without the right travel insurance. Going abroad without any travel insurance, or having insurance which does not cover the necessary circumstances, could prove very costly in the event of illness or having an accident while on holiday. That is why I am encouraging local residents to buy travel insurance now, if they do not already have it, and, if they do have insurance, to check before they travel to ensure it covers the circumstances of planned holiday activities.”