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.
The Bangkok Post has reported that the Thai Public Health Ministry is considering making it mandatory for foreign tourists to purchase travel and health insurance before travelling to Thailand as part of an attempt to ease the financial burden on local hospitals, which are often unable to recover costs after treating tourists.
Insurance firms in Malaysia are anxiously awaiting the green light to resume coverage for tourists travelling to Sabah, as the political situation in the Malaysian state is said to be stabilising.
As expensive electronic items such as laptops and smartphones become more and more common, so specialist insurance for such items has proliferated.
The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), which has been engaging in a campaign to implement uniform state-by-state legislation regarding the ability of travel agents to offer insurance to clients, has found that uneven laws can cost a travel seller over $40,000 annually.
A research paper by Alex Oliver of the Australian Lowy Institute for International Policy has investigated the problem of increasing numbers of travellers asking the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for assistance abroad. Stefan Mohamed looks at the highlights of the report
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
A selection of bite-sized company brief stories.
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.