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Brits encouraged to check their holiday is ‘safe and protected’

Britons flying abroad this year must take greater care to ensure their holiday is "safe and protected" when they book.

Britons flying abroad this year must take greater care to ensure their holiday is "safe and protected" when they book, the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has said.

Abta’s corporate marketing manager Steve Barnes said that, in the current economic climate, it is more important to ensure that holidaymakers are not at risk from losing money on a trip abroad this year.

Mr Barnes said that people booking flights should check to see whether their tour operator has an ATOL licence, which prevents holidaymakers from being stranded abroad if something does go wrong.

"If the holiday looks too good to be true because it’s too cheap, then there probably is a very good reason for that," he said.

"Double check, triple check to make sure that company exists."

Recent research from greenbee.com showed that the primary holiday concern among 34 percent of Brits was their tour operator going out of business.

A further 17 percent said their biggest worry was a poor exchange rate, while 12 percent said that travel delays were their key holiday concern.

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