The Government has published its report on the recent consultation into Consumer protection with regard to package travel. The Government have not taken the industry recommendation to exclude Added-value products from the scope of the regulations, although they have committed to undertake a review after twelve months. There is therefore opportunity to reach a position which will support domestic tourism growth by removing them from this unnecessary regulatory burden. They also state that respondents had highlighted the need for greater clarity around the new definition of package in order for businesses to fully comply with the new regulations when they come into force.
However BEIS considered whether it was possible to simplify the new definitions given the concerns raised, but they have decided not to change them giving their reason as it 'became clear from this exercise that our attempts to simplify the definitions risked creating unintended consequences that could be detrimental for consumers and businesses alike'.
The consultation document and Impact Assessment can be found on the BEIS section of GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/updating-consumer-protection-in-the-package-travel-sector