Travellers told to think again before making 2000 trips

Travellers told to think again before making 2000 trips

THE FOREIGN Office is advising people travelling over the millennium period to ask travel agents and airlines about potential problems at their destinations.

It said some computer systems and other equipment may fail due to the millennium bug, leading to disruption of essential services such as air transport, telecommunications, medical and power supplies.

Overseas services provided by British embassies, high commissions and consulates may be affected by local problems, even though steps were being taken to make sure their internal systems would work, the Foreign Office admitted.

An ABTA spokesman said: "We don't think it is a problem if customers simply want to ask travel agent for a bit of general advice about the millennium.

"If an agent is asked a detailed question, and is a member of ABTA, they can give us a call."

THE FOREIGN Office is advising people travelling over the millennium period to ask travel agents and airlines about potential problems at their destinations.

It said some computer systems and other equipment may fail due to the millennium bug, leading to disruption of essential services such as air transport, telecommunications, medical and power supplies.

Overseas services provided by British embassies, high commissions and consulates may be affected by local problems, even though steps were being taken to make sure their internal systems would work, the Foreign Office admitted.

An ABTA spokesman said: "We don't think it is a problem if customers simply want to ask travel agent for a bit of general advice about the millennium.

"If an agent is asked a detailed question, and is a member of ABTA, they can give us a call."

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