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10 Critical Consumer Issues Facing Every Traveler

Consumer Issues in Travel
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The marketplace and government regulations sort out many of the issues consumers have with travel providers. But big gaps remain. Consumers still face barriers to fair and equitable treatment when they buy and use travel services. Corporations enjoy a hugely disproportionate power in what are supposed to be “negotiations” on terms of service. And the government often fails to police abuses as quickly and effectively as consumers might want.

Sadly, there are no easy work-around solutions for consumers. Instead, travelers must wait for some combination of voluntary industry action, government regulation, consumer activism, and litigation. Ten worries in particular pervade the travel marketplace, and you should certainly be aware of the problems they raise. Here are the 10 most critical consumer-facing issues in the industry.

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