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FCO & ABTA Highlight the Importance of Winter Sports Cover

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have launched a new campaign, to educate skiers and snowboarders on the importance of specialist winter sports travel insurance this season.

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According to ABTA’s research, over a million Brits will be jetting off on a winter sports trip over the peak season, however, almost 30% of these travellers will go without proper travel insurance to protect them against an unforeseen disaster. This means that thousands of people are putting themselves at unnecessary risk of an expensive holiday disaster, for example medical emergency or cancellation costs.

The research found that younger travellers are more likely to travel uninsured, with 32% of under 35s admitting to forgetting or disregarding travel insurance during trips to the slopes. Nearly 20% of 16-24 year olds and 23% of 25-34 year olds thought that travel insurance was unnecessary, as they wrongly assumed that the UK Government would pay their medical costs if needed.

In this age group, many wrongly assumed that they didn’t need travel insurance when travelling within Europe if they had an EHIC, however although the EHIC should entitle you to free or discounted health care, it will not pay to get you home if you have a serious accident.

ABTA and the FCO are warning that these common misconceptions are causing people to travel abroad without the proper cover, leaving them to potentially massive costs if something goes wrong.
To make sure you’re protected during a winter sports holiday, you must invest in a specialist policy which has specific cover for your chosen sport and equipment, with levels which meet your needs.


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