January is one of the most popular times to book a holiday, travel companies competing during the period for the attention of thousands of holidaymakers booking their 2020 trips. The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing scheme (ATOL) has commissioned national research to find out what travellers are looking for when booking their holiday in 2020.
According to research, 59% of those in Yorkshire will booking at least one holiday in 2020 and one in five are planning to take more trips abroad than ever before.
• 59% of those in Yorkshire say they will be going abroad in 2020
• Over half (51%) of Yorkshire holidaymakers say they would rather go on several short trips throughout the year than one big holiday
• 58% place experiencing new things while abroad above relaxing by the pool or beach
• 20% are planning on taking more trips this year than ever before
• 13% of travellers from Yorkshire won’t visit the same travel destination more than once
• Over half (53%) say hot weather is no longer the most important priority when choosing a travel destination
The desire to experience new cultures and visit new places looks set to flourish in 2020, despite the impact of Thomas Cook. However, our priorities when travelling have shifted dramatically in recent years, moving away from conventional two-week breaks by the beach towards micro-trips, experiential tourism and globe-trotting. With 2020 set to be a year full of intrepid travellers, it is more important than ever that consumers check for ATOL protection. Worryingly, over a third of those in Yorkshire (34%) do not know how to check for ATOL protection, leaving themselves financially vulnerable if their travel company were to cease trading.
ATOL’s top tips for staying financially secure when booking
• Book an ATOL protected trip and keep your ATOL certificate. If you book an ATOL protected trip, you are entitled to an ATOL certificate that displays who and what is protected, along with the travel company providing your protection
• Be aware of the company named on your certificate. Your travel company may be acting as an agent for another tour operator. The company providing your ATOL protection is responsible for your holiday
• Keep records of everything you pay. Keep details of payments made to your travel company, along with any evidence. If you need to make an ATOL claim, you may need to provide evidence
• Clarify what is included in your ATOL protected package. Be aware that extras under a separate booking, such as park tickets, travel insurance or seat upgrades, likely won’t be included under ATOL
• Get travel insurance as soon as you book. You should consider taking out a policy as soon as you have booked your trip to ensure your covered, should anything go wrong before you take off.
Paul Smith, Director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:
“For holidaymakers in Yorkshire, travel is about more than a week in the sun. Our varied tastes and interests are now shaping our travel behaviours more than ever before.
“Fortunately, the financial protection of the ATOL scheme is not just reserved for those two-week breaks by the pool. All flight-inclusive package holidays sold by UK travel companies must legally be ATOL protected, meaning travellers can be financially secure without sacrificing what makes travel exciting for them.”