What Are the Package Travel Regulations?

The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations (PTR) were put in place to protect consumer funds against insolvency. The most updated PTRs were put into action on the 1st of July 2018.

If you are selling more than one element together in a pre-arranged combination, whether it is domestic or international travel, this is still considered a package protected under the PTRs. To be a package it will also be either over 24 hours or include overnight stay.

A package will include two of the following elements: air travel, transport, accommodation, tour services. If it includes tour services, then they will be a significant portion of the package.

Packages without flights will also be Package Travel Regulations compliant. And any package including flights will be protected by the ATOL scheme and will require the company to have an ATOL.

Why Choose PTS For Package Travel Regulations Compliance?

PTS offers all members complete Package Travel Regulations compliance, stress-free, simple, and affordable.

Our trust account and insurance model means our members can focus on sales, growth, and customer satisfaction.

PTS offer all members Supplier Failure Insurance (SFI) so supplier funds can be taken from trust in advance, in accordance with the Package Travel Regulations.

The PTS trust account model doesn’t restrict cash flow. All our members can grow and manage their business in the profitable manner that suits them best.

Our trust account model is supported by a one-stop software system. So, all our members can keep track of their monies 24/7 hassle-free.

Why Is It Important To Be Package Travel Regulations Compliant?

As a travel business, travel agent, or tour operator, you are legally required to follow the Package Travel Regulations when selling package holidays or linked travel arrangements.

At PTS, consumer protection is highly important for all our members.

Being Package Travel Regulations compliant ensures complete consumer and business protection alongside out trust account and insurance models.

With so much money in travel, it’s important to ensure all of it will be as safe and accessible as possible if anything should go wrong for any party.

Preventing travel fraud is a high priority, being Package Travel Regulations compliant invokes trust in consumers and companies alike.

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