An Update on Mexican Holidays

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The outbreak of a flu virus in Mexico has prompted some of the strangest media coverage. On the one hand, there have been the stories of returning holidaymakers suffering from flu like symptoms and the spread of the virus to other countries and on the other, plaintive stories of people who have had their holiday plans dashed as tour operators cancel their package holidays.
It is too early to establish how severe this scare is but comments from Michael O’Leary of Ryanair claiming that it is only a tragedy for slum dwellers in Asia or Mexico and that a couple of strepsils for the rest of us will do doesn’t help.
To those going to Mexico in the next few days, the Foreign Office travel advice means that ABTA members will probably cancel the bookings. In this case, holidaymakers are entitled to alternative arrangements or a refund. For those of you seeking compensation, forget it. Just about every travel insurance policy would rate this as outside the control of the travel agent or tour operator. If you have booked flight and accommodation separately then you will need to check with both to see what their attitude is. For example, British Airways still is flying to Mexico
Thomsons, First Choice, Airtours, Virgin Holidays, Kuoni, Cosmos and Thomas Cook are amongst those tour operators who have all stopped holidays to Mexico for the next week at least.

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