Sunday, 2 September 2012

Holiday safety concern for youngsters

Group Holidays Guide has today released worrying data on the habits of 16-24 year olds whilst on group holidays. Data reveals nearly a third (28%) of young holidaymakers did not take out insurance on their last group holiday, whilst 44% claimed their biggest holiday expenditure is alcohol when away with friends. Worryingly a further 24% claimed that their attitude towards safe sex would be more relaxed on a group holiday.
In light of the data and a summer season of negative stories on young holidaymakers, has collaborated with the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign on a project on group holidays safety. This project provides timely advice for parents and young holidaymakers preparing to go on holiday to celebrate school results and the closing of the summer season in popular holiday resorts.

“Group holidays should be about having fun with mates. We would encourage all young people going on holiday this summer to take out comprehensive travel insurance and make sure you have your EHIC card with you if travelling in Europe. Reading up on local laws and customs and knowing your alcohol limit can also help you to avoid running into trouble with the law abroad.” Khalida Cox, Campaigns Officer, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

A guide detailing the holiday habits of 16-24 year olds has been produced to distribute amongst parents and young adults going on group holidays, providing information on key topics that affect safety. has also produced a resource on general safety practice on group holidays, with the aim of placing this information directly in front of the consumer.

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Furthermore, the FCO’s own British Behaviour Abroad Report revealed that there has been a 132% increase in Britons hospitalised in Majorca over the last two years. have moved to produce an informative resource for those travelling to the Balearic Island. “Majorca is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, especially for group holidays. It’s important as a provider of these holidays that we give our consumers essential safety advice when researching or booking a holiday.” Lawrence Hunt, Chief Operating Officer at and FCO’s Majorca Safety Advice

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