The debate on the prices of holidays outside of school times has once again risen to prominence after a father’s Facebook post on the issue was shared almost 150,000 times.
A father who has been reported as being “sick to death” of being “ripped off” when the prices rise in time for the holiday periods has started a Facebook group named Holiday Price Increase, where users have shared examples of price hikes.
The group has again raised the debate in the media about not only the cost of the holiday prices but also the value of taking children out of school in order to avoid incurring those extra costs.
New rules which came into place last September mean that a school’s head teacher can only grant holiday leave during school term time in “exceptional circumstances”, with parents who take their children out of school without this permission facing a fine of up to £1,000.
This has essentially left parents feeling that they are in a catch-22 position, with many now simply unable to afford the increasing prices. This has led to an online petition, hoping for price increases to be reduced to allow families to take holidays where the “focus is on family”.
There have been various ideas put forward as to how the prices could be managed in order to satisfy all parties, with The Association of British Travel (ABTA) suggesting that staggering the school term times could lead to more affordable family holidays. The model is currently in use in various European countries, including Germany.
From here on in, there will be an interest in how this case will develop, with an online petition to reduce the prices of out of term holidays passing the number of required signatures for a possible debate in Parliament of 100,000.
Anne Thomson, Head of Travel Law at Your Holiday Claims commented, “Whether a potential decrease in prices for families outside of term time will lead to any sort of boom in those holidaying abroad still remains to be seen.
“If there is, we hope that tour operators are well equipped to cope and that there is no increase in the number of compensation claims made due to illnesses contracted abroad. Hotels, especially those offering all inclusive holidays have to be geared up to deal with any increases in guest numbers. Problems can arise where they are not”.
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