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NEW legislation to protect holidaymakers has been welcomed by Trading Standards bosses.

The extension of the Air Travel Organisers Licensing (Atol) scheme means millions more holidaymakers than before will be protected if their tour operator collapses.

Changes mean Flight Plus trips – deals sold by travel agents or tour operators where travellers have the flexibility to match preferred flights with preferred accommodation – now have the same protection as those booking a traditional package holiday.

Durham County Council head of environment and consumer protection, Joanne Waller, said: “Any moves which offer greater protection to our residents when they book holidays should be welcomed.

“However, it is vital that people know the limitations of this additional cover and further measures they can take.”

Travellers should always try to use an Association of British Travel Agents ABTA registered company.

For more on consumer rights when booking holidays, call the Citizens Advice helpline on 08454 04 05 06.