Government to Crack Down on Fake Holiday Sickness Claims

The UK Government has confirmed that it is planning to take measures to reduce the number of holiday sickness claims, amid suspicions that there are a high number of fake claims. The Government has come under pressure from travel operators and hotels, with some hoteliers reportedly having considered banning UK tourists.

David Lidington, the Secretary of State for Justice, said:

“Our message to those who make false holiday sickness claims is clear – your actions are damaging and will not be tolerated. We are addressing this issue, and will continue to explore further steps we can take. This government is absolutely determined to tackle the compensation culture which has penalised the honest majority for too long”.

The Government also reminded those making false claims that they could face imprisonment of up to three years and civil claims for covering costs could be charged back to the individual. ABTA, a group representing the travel industry, had launched a “stop the sickness” campaign in a bid to reduce the number of claims. ABTA said in a statement:

“Fake claims are costing the wider travel industry tens of millions of pounds and threatening to increase holiday prices and limit choice for honest British holidaymakers. Hoteliers in Spain and Turkey have already said they may have to stop offering all-inclusive packages to British tourists because of the devastating financial impact fake claims are having. Since 2013, there has been more than a 500% increase in the number of compensation claims for holiday sickness with tens of thousands of claims in the past year. Yet, during the same period, reported sickness levels in resorts have remained stable and the problem is only associated with UK holidaymakers”.