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French Travel Agencies Establish Sunshine Insurance

Insurance policy launched by holiday groups Pierre et Vacances and FranceLoc, would allow holiday-makers to claim back part of the cost of their trip

French travel agencies have introduced insurance coverage for uncalled interruptions to the sunshine for the sun-seekers, whose holidays are spoilt by bad weather – reported in Reuters.

The insurance policy, launched by holiday groups Pierre et Vacances and FranceLoc, would allow holiday-makers to claim back part of the cost of their trip, if they suffer at least four days of rain in a single week.

Rain-spoilt holidays can now be worth up to E400 ($556), and holiday-makers would be informed by telephone text message or email if they are liable for compensation. They would receive a cheque a few days after returning home, said the company.

Aon France will draw on satellite photos obtained by the French weather bureau to calculate how much money subscribers should receive.

Herv Kayser, the man behind the idea, expressed that in a trial run last year, 10% of those interested in the insurance policy witnessed sufficient rain to receive money back on their holiday.