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14 August 2008 by Mary Heaney

Travel and tourism

Travel problems are an occupational hazard of going on holiday and the news is full of such tales of woe from air delays to air rage, tour operators going bust, poor quality hotels, bad hygiene etc.

Travel problems are an occupational hazard of going on holiday and the news is full of such tales of woe from air delays to air rage, tour operators going bust, poor quality hotels, bad hygiene etc. Legislation such as the Package Holiday Regulation helps consumers have recourse for some of these situations and increasingly people are taking legal advice on a range of issues.


Timeshares are one particular cause of legal disputes and many holiday-makers make rash decisions, only to regret it later. Good legal advice is particularly important if you are thinking of or have made a commitment to a timeshare.


Timeshares can be confused with holiday clubs which are marketed as a flexible alternative to timeshare and consumers are offered the facility to make reservations in timeshare accommodations. You have the right to discounted holidays over a specific period of time but not the right to use a specific property. These are outside the current timeshare law and, as there is usually high-pressured selling, are best avoided unless you understand your legal position. 





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