The UK Government’s response to the six month review of the Package Travel Regulations has been published -
There is recognition that the new Package Travel Regulations are confusing to interpret, burdensome on tourism businesses and, in many cases, provide little benefit to consumers. It also recognises and accepts a the unintended impacts on the domestic tourism industry and the concerns that the regulations may be damaging the UK’s domestic tourism industry.
However, the Government goes on to say that while they will work with stakeholders to provide further clarity on interpretation of the regulations, they cannot actually change the Guidance as this would alter the meaning of PTR 2018. They have also decided to postpone the 12-month review (which should have started at the beginning of this month) until a time when the UK’s position in a post-EU exit landscape is clear. This makes sense with the 31st Oct deadline for leaving the EU fast approaching.