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Tour operator blames Brexit after returning to customers to demand more cash

A tour operator has asked its customers for more money for their holiday, even though they had already paid, citing the fall in the value of the pound in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Jasmine Holidays, a small company that specialises in long-haul, tailor-made trips, has applied a surcharge to the holidays of about 20 customers, asking for as much as 185 per person extra.

Travel operators are allowed by law to apply surcharges if the cost of the package has gone up due to currency fluctuations, rising fuel costs or higher taxes, as long as it is mentioned in the terms and conditions of booking and it is at least 30 days before the date of departure.

A turn-up for the bookings

WHEN many people think of tour operators in Europe, an ailing industry selling tacky package holidays comes to mind.

The number of European tourists buying deals bundling accommodation and transport has fallen by a quarter since demand peaked in the early 2000s.

But the past year has looked particularly bad