More than a third of parents are happy to pay a £60 fine for taking their children out of school during term-time, the World Travel Market industry report has revealed
WTM polled more than 1,000 holidaymakers who have holidayed for more than seven days this year, of which 55% were aware of new legislation implemented by education secretary Michael Gove to fine families £60 per child for taking holidays that clash with term-times
514 of those polled had children & more than a third (37%) said they would be prepared to pay the fine to take their child out of school for holidays during term-time
Reed Travel Exhibitions senior director, World Travel Market, Simon Press said: “The cost of school holidays in term-times has long been a bugbear for many families who complain of rip-off prices in peak season
“But the travel industry has to price its products according to demand & more people across Europe, not just in the UK, want to take holidays in July & August, at Easter & at Christmas, so prices rise during these times, which exacerbates the price difference”
“However the industry does what it can to help cash-strapped families & package tour operators offer thousands of free child places for early bookers & lower fares for children”
Online travel deal experts Travel Zoo are campaigning to overturn the legislation.