Parliamentary debate on holiday prices published

Late February saw a parliamentary debate on school-holiday travel price hikes after nearly 170,000 people signed an e-petition complaining about travel firms cashing in.

The transcript of the debate can be read in full on the parliamentary website.

According to a Travelzoo survey, more than 4 out of 5 travel firms have been impacted by the new term-time holiday rules implemented by the government in September 2013, and two-thirds will have to take action to mitigate their losses, including making staff redundancies and cancelling departures. 

Additionally, according to Travelzoo Europe managing director Richard Singer: "A quarter of the travel companies we surveyed said that they might have to put prices up during the summer holidays to counteract the drop-off of families travelling during term time." 

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) says that most of its members support the idea of staggering school holidays as a solution to the ongoing problem.