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131 travel agencies in Kuwait given deadline by IATA

Move may threaten local travel market due to irresponsible actions of some

KUWAIT CITY, July 11: In a move that may threaten local travel market due to the irresponsible actions of some travel agencies, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has notified 131 travel and tourism agencies in Kuwait that the insurance companies that cover these agencies will end their services from July 25, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed sources.

They indicated that the aforementioned agencies constitute 35 percent of the total number of local travel agencies, insisting that the dangers have become aggravated but the annual sales have reached nearly $100 million.

The sources revealed that many airlines have given grace period to the aforementioned agencies in order for them to find alternative insurance solutions prior to the deadline, failing which they will stop issuing tickets to these companies.

They stressed that travel and tourism agencies rely on three methods for insurance in line with IATA regulations – banking insurance, system depending on the insurance company, and the new “Easy Pay” system.

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