The traditional package holiday has once again become a popular choice for British holiday makers following a notable surge in early season bookings this year compared to last.
Despite the enduring popularity of package holidays and the increased prevalence of dynamic packaging, which falls outside the ambit of the Directive, much-needed reform of the Package Travel Directive is long overdue.
Following repeated postponements, Abta has confirmed that the European Commission will finally publish its revised Package Travel Directive in July. It is anticipated that this will be followed by a couple of years debate and then the Member States will have another two years to implement the new legislation into its own law. The changes are therefore unlikely to come into effect until approximately 2016.
For now, travel companies and consumer organisations continue to lobby the EU Commissioner responsible for package travel policy, Viviane Reding, in an effort to influence the final outcome.
We shall continue to monitor developments and shall report on the main points once the proposed reforms are finalised.