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Lack of travel insurance 'alarming', says ABTA

Lack of travel insurance 'alarming', says ABTA
12 Feb 2014

With the February half-term rush approaching, ABTA - The Travel Association has said that the number of people taking ski holidays without adequate winter sports insurance is 'alarming'. 

Its figures show that more than one third (36%) of the 1m people who head on winter sports breaks each year do so without purchasing cover, which rises to 47% among those under the age of 35. 

Ironically, it is the younger age groups that lead the way when it comes to wearing ski helmets, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, more people now wear helmets (71%, according to the Telegraph) than take out insurance (64%). 

'Knowing you have the right kind of equipment is one less thing to worry about. It is still alarming to see the numbers travelling without adequate insurance, however,' commented  ABTA's head of communications, Victoria Bacon. 

'Along with arranging the right safety equipment, purchasing the right level of travel insurance and checking that annual policies are extended to cover action sports like skiing should be a top priority.'

The main concern regarding the low numbers of people taking out insurance is financial, with skiers incurring huge costs when they get injured on the piste. In 2012, Travel First estimated that someone suffering a broken leg on the slopes would be billed between £3,300 and £4,600, rising to £30,500 for a head injury, including £500 for a helicopter evacuation off the piste and a £20,000 fee for hospital treatment. 

However, many people don't realise that their regular travel insurance policies might not cover extreme sports. To be on the safe side, even if you have an annual policy, you should always contact your insurer to check if you need to pay a supplement whenever you are planning to engage in risky sports on holiday such as skiing, white water rafting and zip lining. Failing to do so could see any claim you make rejected. ADNFCR-408-ID-801692947-ADNFCR

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