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October 2009

Scammers Plot to Ruin Family Holidays in the UK

23

October

It happens every day, in every industry and the public is rarely made aware of it. Those looking for a pleasant holiday set off for their intended destination having no idea that they are in for the scam of their lives. In the UK, holidays are big business and due to this, the inevitable scammers are going to follow the money just as they would in any other booming industry in order to score their easy profits. Consumers are often duped into a wide variety of schemes, some of which take place in foreign nations, others being products of the inventive minds behind large scale travel scams specifically designed to separate travelers from their money. Angry victims of travel related scams have now stepped forward to give voice to the other victims both domestic and abroad who may have been taken in my similar schemes.

Many Britons remain unaware that when they have fallen victim to a scam there are options they can pursue to receive compensation for their losses. Frequently, holiday goers are not even aware that they have been scammed because those organizing the scam have become skilled in covering their criminal activities, presenting an image of the scam as a mere accident. One common scam that is beginning to generate holiday complaints turns out to be overbooking, a common ploy of scammers. Vacationers pay for their hotel room and find that it is not available when they arrive with no real compensation offered in return. Another common tactic is to offer a room with a view of the sea and then change this to a less expensive room at the last minute without offering anything in return. Since the scammers realize that British citizens are traditionally loathe to lodge complaints, they take advantage of this in efforts to line their own pockets.


Britons Seek Comfort in Unforgettable Holidays

23

October

A growing number of British holidaymakers are showing greater interested in getaways that provide them with fewer luxuries, but a greater since of home and hearth. Those looking to travel often select cottages as a main way of escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, looking forward to a home away from home in which they have more time to relax and fewer activities on their itineraries. In the interest of cutting costs, many in the UK look forward to smaller scale holidays that allow them greater freedom and less financial worries along the way, making their holiday far easier to enjoy. The simplicity of holiday escapes to villas, chalets and cottages has drawn in an increasing number of holidaymakers who want to be able to take their families along and have more choice when it comes to how they spend their leisure time. Not having to pay for additional features of a holiday that they don’t plan to use are especially enticing to many.

Those in the hospitality industry have been expecting this shift since the downturn in the economy shortly after the start of the new millennium. In an effort to meet customer demands, they have stepped up their efforts to provide quality holiday experiences that suit the budgets of travelers and offer the features they appreciate most. While in the past families on holiday may have been looking to be pampered, today many choose self catering holidays in which they bring along their own food or choose where they would like to eat. Working hand in hand with local restaurants, travel companies can often help holidaymakers by providing discounts for those who use their services which helps lower the cost of the holiday.


Families Embracing Nature Escapes as Ideal Holiday

23

October

To escape the pressures of an ever technologically based society, more UK families than ever are choosing to embark on escapes that take them away from the stresses of the modern world and back to the more idyllic settings of nature. In the quest to stay more physically fit, parents are choosing outdoor family holidays as a means of spending quality time with their children in settings that encourage exercise and a closer bonding experience than might be experienced in an amusement park or other more modern means of relaxing. A widespread environmental sensitivity has proven to be driving parents to nature holidays where their children have a chance to experience the wilderness through hands on learning activities.

Consumers seeking a more ecologically sound experience in their vacations have stated that they and their families benefit from the clean surroundings and reduction of noises present in most settings designed for holiday goers. Some families have gone so far as to create traditions of camping together as a way to bring the entire family together in a relaxed setting where activities are not far away and the reduced costs of outdoor camping has added an additional incentive that consumers appreciate. Those wishing to commune with nature find hiking and water related activities in abundance all across the UK that offer visitors experiences they would not be able to engage in while in other settings. Hospitality industry experts expect a rise in the number of families pursuing camping holidays in order to reduce their costs and take advantage of what is touted as the most environmentally friendly leisure opportunity available to those with children.