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Taking action to help prevent balcony incidents in popular overseas resorts


Compare Car HireThere have been 13 incidents of young people falling from balconies so far this year. Three of these cases resulted in death while others have been seriously injured. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and ABTA – The Travel Association, have joined forces on a campaign to help prevent balcony incidents among young people in popular holiday resorts.

In Majorca and Ibiza, for instance,  two of UK’s top tourist destinations, there have been 9 cases – already matching figures for 2011, despite only being half way through the season. Most incidents involve young people between the ages of 18 and 35 and whilst not always the case, alcohol often plays a part.

Paul Abrey, Consul in the Balearics, said: “We’ve already seen some tragic cases this summer which have had devastating consequences for the individuals and families concerned.  This year there’s been a particular spike early on in the holiday season with figures already matching last year’s. Some people have fallen whilst climbing to a friend’s apartment, others have simply lost their footing after a few too many drinks and a few have deliberately jumped off aiming for the pool below. It should go without saying these practices are extremely dangerous and can cost them their life or leave them permanently disabled. Many young people also arrive without travel insurance. The FCO can’t pay medical bills and holidaymakers may end up paying out thousands for medical bills and flights back to the UK.”

ABTA predicts around 3 million young holidaymakers will head overseas this summer with Spain, Greece and Turkey favourite destinations. Young people travelling out to resorts will be handed leaflets which include the story of Jake Evans, 18, from Liverpool, who narrowly survived a fall from a 7th floor balcony last year after a few too many drinks. Jake also tells his story in a video, which can be viewed on the FCO’s website and on YouTube, in an attempt to get young people to think twice before they engage in risky behaviours. The video accompanies a short radio feature which will go out today across radio stations in the UK and on buses which transfer holiday-makers to resorts. To see Jake’s story go to http://www.fco.gov.uk/jake

Nikki White ABTA Head of Destinations and Sustainability said “Each year too many young people are permanently injured or worse because they’ve tried to climb over or dive off their hotel balcony. ABTA, the Foreign Office and tourist authorities are all working together to help raise awareness of the dangers and prevent these incidents. The after-effects are often made even worse through holidaymakers travelling uninsured and parents having to raise large amounts of money to get their children home. Our advice aims to help holidaymakers to use their balconies safely and prevent more of these tragic and avoidable incidents.”

Travel InsuranceThis summer, the FCO and ABTA are urging young people:
• Understand the risks – climbing over or jumping off balconies can have serious consequences
• Know your limit – alcohol can impair your judgement and hotter climates can often increase the effect of drinking
• Get comprehensive travel insurance – be prepared for if something does go wrong. Figures released in July this year showed that Spain is the country where most Britons require consular assistance, including 1105 hospitalisations.

Car Hire Assistant, The Car Rental Comparison Site for Malawi, offers a price compare service of rental operators in all European countries, in fact, a total of 175 countries throughout the world. In addition, Car Hire Assistant provides Travel Insurance.

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Posted by on 18/08/2012 in Travel Advice

 

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Travel Insurance – Car Hire Assistant introduces travel insurance to range of services


Car Hire Assistant has introduced a new ‘Travel Essentials” for it’s portfolio of associated and value added services for visitors to the car hire comparison site.  Visitors to Car Hire Assistant will now be able to gain instant quotes on Travel Insurance.

The principals of Car Hire Assistant completed extensive research to find a reliable and trustworthy company to provide comprehensive travel insurance policies for their customers. On completion of this research, Car Hire Assistant narrowed the options down to one company, basing their decision on value, reliability, trust and reputation. All traits that the Car Hire Assistant embrace.

The Travel Insurance is available in 150 countries and also offers cover for sports and activities. Buyers of the Travel Insurance can even buy their insurance when they are on holiday and customers can extend their insurance, or make a claim online.  Cover is provided for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities such as skiing and even whitewater rafting.

Car Hire Assistant’s range of Travel Essentials range now includes; Travel Insurance, UK Airport Parking, Hotel/Airport Transfer Services, Tours, Attractions and other Things to do and will shortly include Car Hire Excess insurance, aimed to provide insurance cover for the ‘excess’ imposed by many car hire companies which can be £1500 or more.

About: Car Hire Assistant™ 

Car Hire Assistant™ is a search engine with 550 suppliers, including many national companies such as, Hertz, Avis, National, Europcar, Alamo, Thrifty, Sixt, Budget and Enterprise, as well as independent rental companies. Operating in 175 countries and sporting 30,000 rental locations. Car Hire Assistant™ is a free service and nothing (no premiums, surcharges or fees) is added to the quoted price for the rental car. In addition,   recently added some additional ‘Travel Essentials’ for it’s users including; a comparison service for UK Airport Parking; an online search and quote facility for sea port, hotel and airport transfers and; a full service offering tours, attractions, excursions and things to do on holiday, with full activity descriptions and prices.

 

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