Did you know that in 2018 the Package Travel Regulations were updated & now offer you – as a consumer – more protection than ever?
Virtually all photography tour of 24 hours or longer are required to be compliant with the Package Travel Regulations.
For the purposes of the Package Travel Regulations, a package holiday is defined as a pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following:
- Other tourist services which make up a significant proportion of the package. For example a spa service on a spa break, or a guided safari tour on a safari holiday.
So you see, that last point covers a lot of ground, safaris in India, tuition from the accompanying guide, many of the aspects of wildlife photography holidays fall into that last section. This, in turn, means that virtually all wildlife photography trips from all providers be they large or small are required to be covered by the Package Travel Regulations.
Are Natureslens Legally Compliant?
What Financial Failure Insurance means is that the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form is covered. Our insurance policy, which is provided to you at no cost to yourselves also include repatriation if required – although we seriously hope that does not happen!
How did the current Covid-19 Pandemic affect Natureslens trips?
If a trip is cancelled, the Package Travel Regulations are there to protect you the consumer, you should not have to fall back on your travel insurance – although we still insist that you take out insurance, for other issues that might arise – nor should you have to fall back on a chargeback via your credit card; any travel operator that is operating in compliance with the Package Travel Regulations is legally bound by the regulations & has to provide you with a refund! If they are not operating legally then sadly, you are on your own, we have heard of some travel insurers & credit card companies refusing to pay out because the traveller did not book with a company that was operating in a legal fashion.
Do Personal Guarantees negate the need for the Regulations?
This is completely illegal – the only way to guarantee your money is safe is to ensure that the company you are booking with is operating legally & is compliant with the Package Travel Regulations. A personal guarantee also means nothing when you are lining up behind other creditors if the company fails or cannot provide your trip for any reason.
Sadly, it was also brought to our attention that Janette Hill had to be threatened with legal action to comply with the Package Travel Regulations, due to her refusing to refund he clients for trips that were cancelled.
You will know whether the company is or is not it has to be stated in the booking terms & conditions & most providers display it on their web site – you will find ours at the bottom of all our event pages – it is that rather wordy paragraph …
If you cannot find this information with any trip provider, ask them, anyone that is insured & compliant will be more than happy to share the required information with you, usually including the name of the company who is providing the insurance.