Travel insurance customers going online?

Sunday, 09 October 2011

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Holidaymakers trying to finalise their travel insurance this year are finding that there are numerous ways to arrange their time off.

Over half of Britain's holidaymakers are utilising travel agents or tour operators, with many now opting to book direct with airlines and accommodation providers, research from Abta has found.

The group discovered that there is a "wealth of booking options" available to people planning their holidays.

Mark Talzer, Abta chief executive, said: "I am pleased to see that over half are looking for the reassurance and professionalism offered by travel agents and tour operators when going overseas."

The travel association recently warned that one in five people are in danger of facing high medical bills by venturing abroad without travel insurance.

Regardless of whether a booking is completed via a travel agent or direct with accommodation providers and airlines, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned that "consular staff cannot pay hospital bills for British travellers".

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