Cutting Red Tape
The tourism industry is made up largely of small and medium sized businesses and for many the regulatory burden of legal compliance can be considerable.
On behalf of its members, UKinbound considers existing regulations and new, proposed regulations that impact on the inbound tourism industry and how they can be simplified or improved.
A key piece of legislation for the inbound industry currently is the 1992 Package Travel Regulations which provide protection to consumers who buy package holidays. These regulations were updated in 2015 and came into force in the UK on 1 July 2018.
Three important changes have been made which significantly expands the scope of the Package Travel Regulations:
- Motor vehicle hire is now considered a distinct element
- The definition of a Package has been significantly expanded to include dynamic packaging and when a single company sells two or more elements
- A new form of Package has been introduced called Linked Travel Arrangements, which is formed when two or more elements are purchased for the same trip but there is a clear separation of the booking and selection processes.
The Tourism Alliance and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has developed guidance on the application of the new Regulations. You can access their guidance here.