It is over six months on from when the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (PTR 2018) came into force on 1 July 2018. PTR 2018 implements Directive (EU) 2015/2302 and replaces the 1992 Package Travel Regulations. The effect of PTR 2018 is to increase the number of packages that have insolvency protection in place so that consumers are refunded, and where appropriate, repatriated if the organiser becomes insolvent. In response to the concerns raised during implementation, the Government committed to taking stock after six and twelve months of PTR 2018’s operation. The aim is to use the insights gained to help inform a fuller review at the 12 months stage.
The WTA's key concern is that where the information requirements are useful for consumers when they are purchasing products that are generally recognised to be package holidays that include transport and accommodation, the information required is far less useful in situations where the consumer is purchasing Value-Added product that combines accommodation with “Other Tourism Services” such as a ticket to an attraction. Plus they are of no real use where the products and services are being provided on the same premises by the same operator. In these situations, the requirements are simply an additional burden for businesses and confusing to consumers.