The recent court case for the deaths of Bobby and Christi Shepherd, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their Thomas Cook holiday accommodation in Corfu, has prompted calls for more to be done to protect holidaymakers abroad.
Justin King, the former chief executive of Sainsbury’s, has led an independent inquiry into the UK travel industry’s health and safety standards.
According to a report by Sky News, the inquiry will highlight the fact that tour operators and ABTA – the industry regulator – need to reconsider the way they share information with customers.
It will recommend that holiday travellers are given clear guidelines that state the health and safety standards they can expect in their destination before they arrive, including carbon monoxide poisoning risks.
In the court case that instigated the inquiry, the jury made it clear that Thomas Cook had failed on numerous counts, including its failure to cooperate with the family so they could gain an understanding of the circumstances that led to the children’s deaths.
The tour operator’s chief executive only made a public apology to the family after the company was revealed to have benefited from a larger compensation payment.
There is a growing trend in the UK for people to book separate flights and hotels, rather than the more traditional package holidays sold by many ABTA members.
As a result, people are less aware of their rights when arriving in overseas destinations, and who they can contact to report any concerns or health and safety breaches.
It is expected that Justin King’s inquiry will result in future hotel and resort inspections being carried out by qualified health and safety experts, rather than tour representatives.