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Thomas Cook has successfully defended a holiday sickness claim which a judge branded “fundamentally dishonest”. A spokesman for the operator said the win was a “significant case which sends a clear message to claimants”. He added: “We will not pay … Continue reading

Counterterrorism authorities are uploading a film on Youtube today to tell holidaymakers what to do if they are caught up in an attack. Travel industry staff are also being briefed on the initiative. Police and government ministers are supporting the … Continue reading

European hoteliers are raising prices and threatening to withdraw from the UK market in response to the explosion in overseas holiday sickness claims by British holidaymakers. Andy Cooper, head of regulation, compliance and resilience at the UK’s number-three tour operator … Continue reading

Joint action by the UK travel trade and police, courts and hoteliers in Spain has led to a major a breakthrough in the fight against false sickness claims. According to TUI UK and Ireland, a major crackdown has led to … Continue reading

Tui UK & Ireland claims one law firm has dropped 1,800 holiday sickness cases against it and has revealed customers who submitted false or exaggerated against hoteliers in Majorca in the past year can now “expect criminal action to be … Continue reading

Tui is working with Spanish police to help with efforts to crack down on bogus illness claims by holidaymakers prompted by claims management companies in resorts. The Thomson and First Choice parent company met with the financial crimes division of … Continue reading

Thomas Cook Group chief executive Peter Fankhauser claimed today that British tourists have become the laughing stock of Europe due to a 500% rise in holiday sickness claims. Fankhauser, a Swiss national, told the ABTA Travel Matters conference that there … Continue reading

The Travel weekly and Travolution Cyber Security Summit was hosted by Natwest and sponsored by Worldpay, Syntec/Cardeasy and law firm Hill Dickinson Cybercrime is rife in travel and the sector is subject to “a lot of bad practices”, according to … Continue reading

British holidaymakers face missing out on cheaper, all-inclusive deals because Spanish hoteliers have had enough of bogus sickness compensation claims by UK tourists. Hotels in popular resorts in Spain have reportedly stopped selling the packages through the UK websites of … Continue reading

ABTA has launched a new two-pronged political and consumer campaign to persuade the Government to crack down on bogus holiday sickness claims. Its ‘Stop Sickness Scams’ campaign also warns holidaymakers of the consequences of making a false claim, which could … Continue reading

Package holidays could soar in price because of a surge in fraudulent food poisoning claims against all inclusive resorts, a trade body has claimed. Experts are warning a growing epidemic of travel sickness fraud has become the new bogus whiplash … Continue reading

Jet2holidays claims a couple seeking holiday sickness compensation “drank shots and spirits” on the night they were allegedly taken ill. The couple from Liverpool travelled with Jet2holidays on a 12-day all-inclusive holiday to Gloria Palace, San Agustin, Gran Canaria in … Continue reading

Bogus travel websites are reportedly duping Google into thinking they are genuine so they can target more than 5,000 British holidaymakers a year with phantom holidays. An explosion of convincing fake travel websites, which steal photographs of real luxury accommodation, … Continue reading

Signs that the travel industry is fighting back against false illness claims have been welcomed by a leading travel industry lawyer. Holiday firms can challenge fake claims, but they must act early and have the right processes in place, said … Continue reading

The UK Foreign Office is warning holidaymakers about companies encouraging them to make holiday sickness claims in Turkey and Bulgaria. The government department is advising travellers that they could face prosecution if they are found to be making a fake … Continue reading

Q. How quickly has the number of claims spiralled? A. In 2015 we had 96 claims, and in 2016 we had 462, which is a near-400% increase. It’s a phenomenal rise. It’s still a small percentage in the big scheme … Continue reading

In a Q&A session at the ITT Conference, moderated by TTG Media managing director Daniel Pearce, Burling, who is also Tui’s chief executive Northern Region urged the industry to come together to stamp out the issue. “This is a situation … Continue reading

Raise your hand if you’ve ever received an email with the subject line, “Bill Gates Wants to Share His Fortune With You!!” The offer, dating back to the origins of email, promised massive riches if you “helped out” by testing … Continue reading

Travel businesses are being urged to cut the increasing risk of cybercrime in the sector by signing up to two free programmes to slash phishing emails and spam. Industry body Prevention of Fraud in Travel (Profit) launched a campaign to … Continue reading

Anas Ahmed, a director of AirBridge Travel Ltd (ABT), located in Church Lane, Brent, pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in an unfair commercial practice and one of engaging in an aggressive commercial practice, The Kilburn Times reports. Harrow … Continue reading