The Pacific Asia Travel Association's (PATA) Strategic Intelligence Centre has predicted a fall of around four per cent in international arrivals to Southeast Asia compared to 2008, as the continuing spread of swine flu undermines the confidence of business and leisure travellers.
Top industry-specific travel insurance trends and analysis from around the globe, plus the latest international headlines on issues directly affecting the industry.
In the midst of the recession, one British insurer is asking the government to reconsider the tax rate payable on travel insurance policies. Charlotte Hodgman reports further details
Travel insurers beware: the cost of replacing lost or stolen items in the Caribbean has been found to be up to seven times as expensive as replacing similar items in other countries. Mandy Aitchison has the details
US and Canadian Travel Insurers Beef Up Job Loss Benefits as Economy Tanks
By Milan Korcok
A fictitious claim for food poisoning in Africa has led to the uncovering of other similar scams and won the company involved one of the three main prizes awarded each year for fraud detection by the Spanish insurance industry. David Ing reports from Spain
Buyers and sellers of repatriation services have been provided with a new tool that can improve the efficiency of the marketplace.
A group that included a group of seven Germans with five children, a British engineer and a Korean, have been kidnapped from the province of Saada, according to the Yemeni interior ministry.
UK-based InsureandGo has called on airlines to come clean on what they are doing to try and reduce the chances of losing customers' luggage; the insurer has voiced its concern that as airlines continue to struggle in the face of an economic crisis, solving the problem of lost luggage will be moved down the list of priorities.
InsureandGo has estimated that Britons suffered approximately £90 million worth of uninsured holiday mishaps in 2008, a 38 per cent increase on 2007
Prime Travel Protection Inc., a company run by Jerry and Christine Watson, has been ordered to close down by the authorities in Colorado.
From 1 January this year, travel agents or tour operators in the UK selling travel insurance alongside a travel or holiday booking are no longer exempt from regulation by the country's financial services watchdog, the Financial Services Authority (FSA). But according to new research by World First Travel Insurance, three months after these new rules came into effect, a quarter of holiday firms selling, arranging or advertising travel insurance are doing so in a way that contravenes FSA rules, and in some cases is illegal.