Be careful when booking your annual break

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Angus MP Mike Weir is urging Angus residents to pack peace of mind when booking their holiday this year, by making sure they book an ATOL-protected trip.

The ATOL scheme protects people against the risk of their travel company going bust: ensuring they can continue their holiday and return home safely if the company collapses whilst they are away; or providing refunds if they’re yet to travel.

“With over two million ATOL-protected air holidays expected to be sold in the UK during January - the scheme will give holidaymakers in Angus and across the country peace of mind that their hard earned holiday will not be lost.

Mr Weir said: “This month is often a prime time for booking overseas holidays to give something to look forward to in the dreich days of January. Sadly in these difficult economic times we have seen, in recent years, several holiday firms go under, and witnessed the sometimes utter chaos as people loose holidays or are stranded overseas.

“It can be utterly devastating to find your holiday has been lost, but even worse to find your hard earned money is gone as well. It is vital anyone who is booking a holiday is clear as to what is and is not protected. I would urge everyone to be sure of the position when booking.”