Important Government and Agency Sites

Organisation/Government Link
ABTA – The Association of British Travel Agents
Formed in 1950 by 22 leading travel companies, ABTA – The Travel Association – now represents over 5,000 travel agencies and more than 900 tour operations, throughout the British Isles.
http://www.abta.com/home
FCO – The Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Travel Advice by Country, Embassy locations, Passports Renewal and Replacement, Travel Health as well as other advice.
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-news/
CAA – Civil Aviation Auhority
The CAA is the UK’s specialist aviation regulator. Its primary concerns are Air Safety, Economic Regulation, Airspace Regulation, Consumer Protection and Environmental Research & Consultancy.
http://www.caa.co.uk/
IATA – The Air Transport Association
IATA is an international trade body, created over 60 years ago by a group of airlines. Today, IATA represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. The organization also represents, leads and serves the airline industry in general.
http://www.iata.org/
Direct Gov – Travel & Transport
General travel information and advice within the UK as well as some advice on travelling abroad such as what to do if an airline goes bust.
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport
The Office Of Fair Trading
The OFT’s mission is to make markets work well for consumers. We achieve this by promoting and protecting consumer interests throughout the UK, while ensuring that businesses are fair and competitive.
http://www.oft.gov.uk/
European Consumer Centre
The UK European Consumer Centre (UK ECC) is here to provide you with advice and information when shopping within the Internal Market of Europe.
http://www.ukecc.net/
European Commission (Mobility & Transport)
Why passengers’ rights matter – the measures needed to protect passengers’ interests and ensure that they fully profit from the single market.
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/passengers/air/
Your rights as passenger in Europe
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/passenger-rights/
Disabled Travelers
Resource dedicated to accessible travel information. This new site will provide you with information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel.
http://www.disabledtravelers.com/
ProjectVisa.com
Keeping you up to date with visa and embassy information for all countries.
http://www.projectvisa.com/
Currency Exchange
Learn about currency information including live rates, fx news, facts and services for each world currency.
http://www.xe.com/
World Time Zonehttp://www.worldtimezone.com/
One Bag
offers exhaustive (some might say exhausting!) detail on the art and science of travelling light, going pretty much anywhere, for business or leisure, for an indefinite length of time, with no more than a single carry-on-sized bag.
www.onebag.com
Sleeping in Airports
Why spend money on a night in a hotel when an inflatable raft on the airport floor is free?
http://www.sleepinginairports.com/
Travel Independent
An independent, non-commercial site by travellers for travellers to encourage people of all ages to travel independently and give them the information they need to feel confident about it.
http://www.travelindependent.info/
USA Government Site http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Travel.shtml
InterAirports.co.uk
is your complete guide to airports around the world.
http://www.interairports.co.uk/

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