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Olympic fans given travel insurance warning

26 January 2009 08:43

Olympic fans given travel insurance warning

Sports fans flying to Beijing in the coming weeks to view a piece of the Olympic Games have been told not to have their trip spoilt by not having travel insurance.

Research from has found that 14 per cent of travellers deliberately go away without any travel insurance.

The company states that travel insurance is seen by some holidaymakers to be an unnecessary expense on top of an already wallet-emptying holiday, but it could prove to be handy in Beijing if any luggage is lost or damaged.

Peter Gerrard, head of insurance research at, said: "Brits flying across the globe to support their favourite sporting heroes must make sure they do not get caught up in the Olympic frenzy and forget to purchase adequate cover.

"Some people may not take out insurance because they are concerned about the cost; however, with worldwide insurance costing less than a souvenir t-shirt there is really no excuse to travel without cover."

Mr Gerrard added that travel insurance is important for claiming on cancellations or the need for vital emergency treatment.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18706606-ADNFCR