Mark Warner says Abta 'no longer relevant'

Mark Warner says Abta 'no longer relevant'

Tour operator Mark Warner has given up its Abta membership, saying the association is no longer relevant to its business.

Managing director David Hopkins told "98% of our business is covered by our Atol. Our accommodation-only business has formed an ever-decreasing portion of our turnover and so we felt Abta wasn't relevant to us moving forward.

"It's the Atol logo that consumers recognise - that's the one that offers full protection."

Mark Warner was one of 15 firms Abta confirmed as having left the association in its latest update. Other companies to pull out of Abta this week included, Easy Travel and Tours and Spa Seekers.

A number of members have left due to retirement or having transferred their business to another Abta company including The Holiday Shop, Westmoreland Travel, Owens Travel Worldchoice, Martin's Travel Agency and Stour Vale Travel.

An Abta spokesman said of the Mark Warner resignation that it was "always regrettable" when a member resigns.


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