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.
US President Barack Obama's decision to ease a handful of restrictions on relations with Cuba is seen by American tourism and business entrepreneurs as only one small step in a tug of war with though adversaries that still has a long way to go. Milan Korcok reports
According to the World Health Organization, 985 cases of H1N1 flu have now been officially reported across 20 countries. Mexico has seen 590 cases that have been confirmed by a laboratory, with 25 deaths; in the US, there have been 226 reported cases and one death. Canadian health officials have also confirmed 85 cases with no deaths, with a further four cases reported in other parts of the Americas. The UK's Health Protection Agency has confirmed 27 infections with no deaths, while Spain has 40 confirmed cases, none fatal.
Below is a summary of advice and warnings from various governments around the world, along with input from insurers, doctors and risk analysts about the swine flu outbreak that is currently spreading throughout certain parts of the world. All advisories were correct on 29 April 2009.