When booking rooms in Mauritius hotels, it is an intelligent choice to make sure that the vendor where the purchase will be made is a reputable supplier. This guarantees that travelers are protected financially and have a forum that they can go to in case of lousy services from an organization member.
But what does ATOL and ABTA really mean?
ATOL stands for Air Travel Organizers License. It is a scheme which provides protection for flights and air holidays and it is managed by the Civil Aviation Authority. This protects travelers from losing money or being stranded overseas in case a tour operator gets bankrupt and goes out of business. Refunds are usually part of the protection. If the ATOL bond is not sufficient to cover everyone affected, a government-backed fund steps in to take over. To be able to get this protection, a tourist should book their holidays with an ATOL holder. An ATOL receipt should be given once any amount of money is paid for a flight or vacation package by air.
On the other hand, ABTA stands for Association of British Travel Agents. They are the trade body which represents the interests of the travel industry. It acts as the middle party to the government and the Civil Aviation Authority. It ensures that the customer only gets the highest standards of practices in every transaction within the travel industry. The standards of service and business among all its members are strictly enforced to guarantee only the most excellent calibre. Customers can make complaints about bad service from their members. As such, ABTA’s famous logo now represents choice and value.