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17 August 2012 10:03
Holidaymakers are being warned of the risk of falling from balconies
A new awareness campaign from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) is seeking to reduce the number of holidaymakers injured in falls from hotel balconies.
Research shows holidaymakers aged between 18 and 35 are involved in most incidents, particularly after drinking alcohol. This year has so far seen 13 people fall from balconies while on holidays.
Abta has teamed up with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to provide leaflets to young holidaymakers, telling real-life stories to warn of the dangers.
Jake Evans, from Liverpool, was lucky to survive falling seven floors from a balcony on holiday last year. The 18-year-old tells his story in a YouTube video and a feature set to be aired on UK radio stations.
The risk of injury underlines the importance of
travel insurance but the campaign hopes to encourage people to avoid risky behaviour which can lead to such accidents in the first place.
Paul Abrey, Consul in the Balearics, where a number of incidents occurred, said: "We've already seen some tragic cases this summer which have had devastating consequences for the individuals and families concerned."
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.
31 December 2016
Budget airline Norwegian has said it will launch ultra-low cost flights for as little at £56 to New York as it ramps up the pressure on its rivals.