Until now, the protection for holidaymakers offered by the government-backed Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (Atol) has failed to reflect the huge changes in the travel industry, as millions more people opt to save money by booking online rather than visiting a high street travel agent. The Association of British Travel Agents holiday habits report 2016 found more than three-quarters of UK consumers now booked their vacation online. “Atol was set up for good reason – we go on holiday to relax, not worry about ‘what ifs’,” said the transport minister John Hayes. “But people who buy their flights and hotels separately sometimes miss out on the protection, and peace of mind, that comes with this protection. This change will make the law fit for the modern age – and better able to adapt to any future advances in the technology that people use to book their getaway.” Get the full story at The Guardian