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New Package Travel Regulations - know your legal responsibilities

Published on: 05 July 2018

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The new Package Travel Regulations came into force on 1 July 2018 and significantly expand the scope of the existing Regulations. British Marine is reminding and encouraging those members operating charter, hire boat or any other tourism related business to check their products and their arrangements with other businesses to ensure that they are compliant with the new regulations.

There are three important changes in the new Regulations:

  1. Motor vehicle hire is now a separate distinct element
  2. The circumstances in which a Package is deemed to have been created have been significantly expanded to include dynamic packaging and when a single company sells two or more elements
  3. A new form of Package has been introduced called a “Linked Travel Arrangement”, whereby a targeted offer is made to a customer when they make a purchase.

The Regulations apply when there is a linkage between two or more of the following four elements:

  1. Transport
  2. Accommodation
  3. Motor vehicle hire
  4. Other tourism services (this can include anything from tickets to an attraction, a meal in a restaurant, or a spa treatment to a round of golf)

The UK Government has published a guidance document for businesses, which can be viewed/downloaded from GOV.UK.

Depending on the circumstances, any sale linking two or more of these elements could either constitute a Package or a Linked Travel Arrangement. It is therefore important that you read both updates covering “Packages” and “Linked Travel Arrangements” in order to determine whether you are impacted by the new regulations.

For more information and to discuss how this may affect your boating business, British Marine members can contact Brian Clark, Head of External Relations on 01784 223644 or at bclark@britishmarine.co.uk