Protecting the consumers of timeshare products: report with evidence, 3rd report of session 2007-08
The Stationery Office, 2007 M12 18 - 159 pages
Timeshare is popular, especially amongst UK consumers, but the sector has often caused problems. The European Communities removed many of the worst excesses with its 1994 Directive, which introduced a right of withdrawal, a cooling-off period, and a ban on advance payments during the cooling-off period. However there are loopholes that have been exploited by the unscrupulous and complaints about long term holiday clubs have grown dramatically. The Commission is seeking to address these problems with proposals for a broader directive. This report considers that directive's strengths and weaknesses.
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Setting the Scene
The right of withdrawal and the coolingoff period 69
Raising Public Awareness
Multiannual hotel reservations
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Common terms and phrases
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