Following the collapse today of a long-established gay travel company, the CEO of one of the leading suppliers of travel to the gay travel market has stated that consumers need to be careful who they book with.
"We have been saying for some time that consumers should always consider the financial security of their bookings with any travel company," according to the CEO of leading gay travel specialist Amro Worldwide - Andrew Roberts.
"The collapse today of a long respected competitor, Respect Holidays, in the UK gay travel market is a great shame," Roberts said. "We do think that in this time of the credit crunch, consumer security becomes even more important than ever".
"Amro Worldwide has long felt it of critical importance to protect our customers by being ATOL-bonded. This means that the faith that customers place in Amro Worldwide when booking flights and hotels with us is at all times always protected by Amro Worldwide being fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority ATOL (Air Travel Organisers Licence)." (Amro Worldwide ATOL registration number 5826 refer http://www.atol.org.uk )
"We would urge all travel consumers - whether lesbian, gay or mainstream - to always be sure that their travel agency is bonded with ATOL before booking their travel," Roberts said.
Amro Worldwide is the leading UK gay worldwide travel supplier. The company became internationally recognised by mainstream media earlier this year as the originators of the "So Gay" advertising campaign for South Carolina and other US destinations.
In closing, Roberts again urged all travel customers to always be certain their travel agency is bonded with ATOL consumer protection.
"Do not be fooled if your supplier says that they are 'fully bonded' - this is not enough. What consumers must be sure of is that the supplier and their websites state categorically that they are ATOL bonded. That is what the travel industry in the UK views as the industry standard of consumer protection."
When asked whether other gay travel companies still operating are ATOL-bonded, Roberts responded: "I prefer not to comment, but again urge all consumers to specifically ask their travel supplier to confirm, in writing if needs be, that they are fully ATOL bonded and to provide their ATOL number to prove that the travel company themselves are fully bonded with ATOL protection."
Amro Worldwide is registered by ATOL registration number 5826.
Further information contact:
CEO Amro Worldwide
Phone: +44-(0)7703 114 302
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