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Dear All,

 

I am very glad I found this forum. Last year, I set up a company that organsies and delivers guided tours for schools and private groups to WW1 Battlefields. Schools are asking for my public liability insurance and what financial protection they have if I become insolvent.

 

Can someone please advise on this? I am a very small company, just starting out and already have run some excellent tours and people are being referred to me. So now, I need to sort this.

 

Kind regards,

 

Steve Garnett

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Just to add, that I am very much lost in all the information I am reading!!!

 

Thank you so much in anticipatiom!

 

Steve Garnett

Hi Steve

Public liability insurance protects you as a business, in case any one has an accident on one of your trips and they decide to sue you and/or your business. The schools want to ensure that adequate insurance is in lace and therefore wish to see a copy of your insurance policy.

With regards to financial protection, there is an European directive that says, if any travel business is selling two or more elements (e.g. Transport and accommodation), they need to provide financial protection to ensure that the customer would receive a refund or be repatriated, if the travel business was to cease trading.

This financial protection can include trust accounts, insurance or bonds.

It sounds like you do need to do this but the best option will depend on how many passengers you will send each year, the average price and whether flights are included.

Hope this helps

Matt
www.traveltradeconsultancy.co.uk

Steve, the Berkley Group offers Professional Liability protection for tour operators. The premium will be based on your revenue and the number of years you have been in business. I operated a a tour operator business in the USA for 16 years and carried a $1,000,000 Professional Liability policy with them. The policy also includes errors and omissions coverage. One thing to look at in any policy is to see if they have what they call "first dollar defense." If a person or company makes a claim against your company you want first dollar defense coverage, so that you can hire and attorney early and the insurance company pays the attorney fee. Most matters get settled quickly with the first 21-days of any type of customer complain or claim.

Best,

Matt Zito

Matt Zito is a veteran travel industry entrepreneur, consultant and founder of the world’s first ever, Travel Business Academy, a professional online program that teaches entrepreneurs globally, how to start and run a travel business. To learn more visit the Travel Business Academy or email matt@travelbusinessacademy.com

Matt, I agree.  Seems like the Berkley Group is the go to company, though I had trouble connecting with them directly.  I was able to connect with a small agency in PA, the Perfetto Agency, and spoke with a woman named Amanda Bickelman.  She was helpful and they simply connect with Berkley and procure the insurance through them.  The policy recommended is through Zurich Insurance.  

Matt - wondering what your experience is with respect to someone just entering the field and the ability to obtain insurance coverage? In the process of trying to obtain insurance and was told that "lack of experience" in the industry may be an issue.  Thoughts? 

Hi, coverage approval will be based on the type of travel business you own/operate. It will be based upon risk assessment by the underwriter. Also of concern will be your revenue or gross sales. If your a legitimate company your firm will get insurance based on the above.

Matt Zito is a veteran travel industry entrepreneur, consultant and founder of the world’s first ever, Travel Business Academy, a professional online program that teaches entrepreneurs globally, how to start and run a travel business. To learn more visit the Travel Business Academy or email matt@travelbusinessacademy.com

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