Booking with confidence
One of the most important points that you must check during your golf holiday booking is to check if the travel agency with whom you are booking is an ATOL agency or not. When you choose Caria Golf Ltd. (www.cariagolf.co.uk) you have the peace of mind that we are ATOL bonded (ATOL number 11211).
What is Atol?
ATOL stands for “Air Travel Organiser's Licence” and is backed by the UK Government.
ATOL is the UK's financial protection scheme and protects you when you book an ATOL protected holiday with an ATOL holder. It will provide support so that you are not at a financial loss or without assistance abroad if your ATOL holder ceases trading.
ATOL was first introduced in 1973, as the popularity of overseas holidays grew. After a number of travel business failures left people stranded, the UK Government realized consumers required protection when their travel providers fell into difficulties.
The scheme was designed to cover charter flights and package holidays, and functioned well for years. However, the holiday market changed considerably and the scheme was overhauled in 2012 and again in 2018 to keep pace with these changes.
What is an ATOL certificate?
It is a legal requirement that the agency that you book with for travel will supply an ATOL certificate with the booking confirmation.
When you book an ATOL protected holiday, you should be given an ATOL Certificate by your travel company as soon as you pay any money for the holiday - even if it’s only a deposit. The Certificate is proof that the holiday you have booked is protected by the ATOL scheme, it also has details of the scheme and information telling you what to do if your travel company stops operating so it’s important to take it with you and keep it safe.