05 February 2015
The Impact of the Potential Ban on All-Inclusive Greek Holidays
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is looking to ban all-inclusive holidays because he believes that all-in deals alienate tourists from the local economy by keeping them in the resorts and away from small businesses.
The Greek islands boast hundreds of all inclusive hotels. Along with resorts on the mainland these are popular because holidaymakers know that once they have paid they do not have to budget for entertainment, food or drink.
An estimated two million Brits visit Greece each year so there is a lot of money to be made. But with so many people contained within the boundaries of all-inclusive sites a virus or food-related hygiene problem can spread quickly and cause food poisoning. However tour operators have a duty of care to provide suitable food for holidaymakers if the holiday is booked as a package holiday as defined by the Package Travel Regulations.
If the Greek Government bans all-inclusive holidays you might look to get your sun elsewhere. Alternatively you might look to book a different type of package holiday or even get the best deal and make the most of the exchange rate by creating your own DIY holiday.
Package holidays offer a different level of consumer protection than DIY holidays so that is something that you might want to consider when making your decision. For example, should you book a DIY holiday to Greece this year and suffer an accident, injury or food poisoning then any claim would need to be brought against the Greek hotel and their insurer. With package holidays the claim can be brought against the tour operator you booked with in the UK. These claims are often more straightforward, resolve quicker and are generally worth more.
Seeking expert legal advice should something go wrong is vital and at Slater and Gordon Lawyers we have Personal Injury Solicitors who specialise in Travel Law Claims across the UK and can help you get the outcome you deserve regardless of the type of holiday you book.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for people injured in accidents on holiday. To speak with a No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Solicitor call Freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will happily call you back.
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