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Package holidaymakers facing surcharges

26 January 2009 08:40

Package holidaymakers facing surcharges

Travellers booking holidays are said to be facing a number of surcharges which could see the cost of their holidays rise by hundreds of pounds.

According to the Times, 29 holiday companies which are member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) have now added surcharges to their package trips.

Concerns have been made that the extra costs could see many families forced to scrap their summer vacation altogether as they continually struggle to tighten their belts.

According to the ABTA, all travel agents must make it clear why the surcharges have been added.

Speaking to the newspaper, a spokeswoman for ABTA said: "We have to see evidence of what their increased costs are so that we can see that they are increasing the costs of the holiday by the appropriate amount."

Families are said to be paying up to ten per cent of the cost of holidays even if they booked it earlier in the year. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18717263-ADNFCR