ATOL stands for 'Air Travel Organisers License'. It's a national scheme run by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that protects travellers and holiday makers heading overseas from the UK.
ATOL ensures that should anything go wrong you won't face any unexpected and expensive bills. For example, if your travel company or even the airline suddenly go out of business while you're away you'll still get home without massive unexpected expense.
All companies registered with ATOL must be fully checked by the CAA and adhere to strict guidelines.
In 2010 the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted, not only could no one pronounce it ("Eyjafjallajökull?!?") but the eruption sent clouds of magnetic dust into the Earth's atmosphere causing air traffic chaos throughout Europe leaving thousands of holiday makers stranded. ATOL were able to ensure everyone with ATOL protection got back home without incurring extra costs.
While these instances are rare, many travellers do experience problems every year and huge expense which could be easily avoided by boking with an ATOL protected company.
Nothing. With GoHen it's all part of the service and you don't have to pay any extra merely tor picking an overseas destination.
Even if you decide not to book with GoHen we would still recommend you book with an ATOL protected company, that way should there be any issues or problems you'll have peace of mind knowing that you're covered.
Booking your tickets direct with the airline means you might not be ATOL protected. Always check with the airline or travel operator.
ABTA is the largest organisation representing and regulating travel agents and tour operators. All ABTA members adhere to strict guidelines and codes of practice regarding financial issues. Not all travel companies are ABTA bonded as many prefer not to offer protection to their clients.
For more about ABTA see their website here.
As the hen party planner/organiser you'll be deciding who all the hens hand over their hard earned money to. That can feel like a big responsibility and you want to be sure everyone's money is safe.
ABTA bonding safeguards your money and allows ABTA to support your claims in the event of a company failure.
The hen party industry is unregulated, while there are hundreds of fantastic suppliers providing brilliant services there are still many who are not so scrupulous. Not to mention some international companies who don't even have trading licenses let alone official UK representation. We always recommend hen parties to only book with ABTA protected companies to ensure all hens' money is safe and you get precisely what you've paid for.
And certainly don't take chances internationally, as it can feel worse when you're a long way from home.
We don't want to scare you off having a fantastic hen weekend, the bride-to-be deserves a great hen party after weeks of often stressful wedding planning. Booking through an ABTA bonded company assures the nearly-wed and all her guests' holiday funds will be fully protected.
Nothing. There are no extra charges or hidden fees for our hen parties heading overseas for the bride's big pre-wedding weekend.
Booking with GoHen means you can relax, knowing your booking is in safe hands so you can focus on the important things… Like having a fantastic weekend!
The hen party industry is completely unregulated so always book with
an ABTA bonded company to ensure all the hens' money is in safe hands.