Hands up who’s looking forward to getting away?
Just as I thought, most of you. We’re all looking to travel again so when booking your next trip abroad, whether it be a holiday or flight, make sure you use an Irish licensed Travel Agent or Tour Operator, if they don’t have a license you’re not protected, it’s as simple as that.
When you use an Irish licensed Travel Agent or Tour Operator, you are using a company that is regulated by the Commission for Aviation Regulator which ensures that your money is secure and protected.
If you use an unlicensed travel provider and run into trouble, you’re out of luck and you are not protected.
A licensed Travel Agent or Tour Operator is required to display their license at their place of business and on their website and must produce this license upon request.
You can search the full register of licensees on aviationreg.ie
Travel Escapes, established in 1992, are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation under license number TA 0348 and in accordance with those regulations are fully bonded, meaning your bookings are financially secure.
So, in these uncertain times, should your flight, holiday, Cruise or any travel arrangement gets cancelled or disrupted and you’ve booked through a licensed Travel Agent or Tour Operator you have someone to contact and you will not be waiting in line to listen to an automated voice telling you that your custom matters.
Booking a Holiday? – Am I Protected?
If it is a business from outside the EU, insolvency protection Must be provided to the Commission for Aviation Regulator (CAR) for packages and Linked Travel Arrangements sold in the Republic of Ireland. So if you are booking with a company that is situated outside the EU for example; from the United Kingdom, Norway, USA etc, and they have not provided insolvency protection to CAR you are not protected.
When we get back to travel be smart be safe use a licensed Agent or operator