Comment from ABTA regarding the debate in the House of Commons on school holiday prices.
Stephen D’Alfonso, ABTA Head of Public Affairs said: “Following the debate in the House of Commons on school holiday prices, ABTA welcomes the recognition by the majority of MPs who spoke during the debate of the extremely competitive nature of the British travel industry and also that holiday costs are driven by market forces. We also welcome the support from many speakers for the option of staggering school holiday dates by region to be considered by local education authorities and the Government. ABTA believes this would help to alleviate the pressure of demand during peak season. Staggering holidays by region has already been adopted In Scotland and by countries on the continent such as Germany and France. We look forward to working with both the Education Select Committee and the Department of Education to assess the feasibility of staggering school holiday dates by region.”