MP Urges Holidaymakers to Stay Safe this Winter

December 11, 2015

Paisley supports FCO and ABTA campaign to highlight importance of adequate travel insurance

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley today warned constituents about the dangers of travelling uninsured when hitting the slopes this winter, with new research from ABTA showing that nearly a third (31%) of all UK travellers do not check whether they have the correct insurance to cover winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding.

Mr Paisley is supporting a campaign run by ABTA – The Travel Association, in partnership with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), urging holidaymakers in North Antrim to be prepared for their travels abroad and ensure they have bought suitable insurance cover.

ABTA’s research shows that the problem is even more widespread in Northern Ireland, with two fifths (40%) of people across Northern Ireland failing to check whether they have the correct winter sport insurance cover, far exceeding the national average. This is particularly concerning with winter sport holidays becoming ever more popular.

Taking out the correct winter sports insurance is more important than ever. There were 45 British deaths from skiing and snowboarding holidays reported to the FCO in the last three years, with thousands more having suffered injuries both on- and off-piste. To help raise awareness, ABTA and the FCO have also teamed up with former British Olympic skier, Chemmy Alcott, to provide the latest travel advice from pre-departure to après ski.

The North Antrim MP said: “Winter sports holidays are popular with many of us, as they provide an opportunity to combine a holiday with something more active. However, medical costs arising from uninsured accidents abroad can be very significant indeed. In addition to the worry over a sick or injured relative, it is often families who are presented with the bills, and the added stress of covering these. It is crucial when we do travel overseas, we are covered in case of something going wrong. Travel insurance really is a travel essential – that is why I am very happy to support this campaign and urge all my constituents to take out travel insurance this winter.”

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