Rob Whelan, chief executive officer of the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), has issued advice to the thousands of skiers and snowboarders currently getting ready for the beginning of the southern hemisphere’s ski season.
Travellers in Europe have faced serious disruption and delays over the past two days due to a strike by French air traffic controllers, which has caused the cancellation of around 25 per cent of flights from the nation’s busiest airports.
Tourists and expatriates heading to Istanbul for a bit of culture before their summer beach holiday should be aware that protests in the centre of the city are continuing, with police making use of tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in an effort to disperse protestors.
The issue of some Spanish public hospitals allegedly refusing to accept European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) is continuing, following an announcement by the European Commission (EC) that it has asked the nation’s government for more information following complaints by holidaymakers.
The European Commission (EC) has requested information from Spain about complaints that Spanish hospitals providing public healthcare are refusing to recognise the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The Commission is concerned that Spain might be failing to fulfil its obligations under European Union Law to provide emergency healthcare to temporary visitors from other Member States on the same terms and conditions as are available to Spanish nationals under the public healthcare scheme.
Twenty-one tourists were injured and three were killed after the hot air balloon in which they were ascending crashed into the basket of another balloon above it, ripping the balloon and forcing it to the ground, in Turkey’s Cappadocia region.
Despite efforts by governments and by insurance providers, too many people still go on holiday without buying travel insurance. How can the industry and its partners address an issue that will not go away? Robin Gauldie investigates
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Turkey-based assistance provider marmassistance has announced two new agreements with Mutuaide Assistance and Prospekt Caspian Medical, bolstering assistance provision in Turkey, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East.
A new company, New Zealand Seniors Insurance agency, has launched with the aim of providing a range of insurance products to over-50s living in New Zealand.
A G Doré, a Lloyd’s syndicate specialising in directors and officers liability, financial institutions insurance, medical malpractice and professional indemnity, has announced the launch of a new Accident and Health (A&H) portfolio, targeting UK brokers.
RoamRight travel insurance recently announced the launch of its trip cancellation insurance and travel medical insurance products, offering US consumers a suite of products for both domestic and international travel.