MPs call for crackdown on bogus Hajj travel agents

MPs call for crackdown on bogus Hajj travel agents

MPs and trading standards are renewing their efforts to protect consumers from unscrupulous travel agencies selling pilgrimages to British Muslims.

Rogue Hajj operators take money from travellers then disappear or promise false standards of accommodation. More than 150,000 Muslims take part from the UK each year.

Speaking at the House of Commons, MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath Roger Godsiff said there should be more safeguards for pilgrims travelling to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. He urged the government to change the law so that all travel agents must be members of ABTA.

Meanwhile, ministers are preparing a campaign to increase awareness of the Package Travel Regulations. Trading standards have also pledged to crack down on the bogus agencies this year.


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