The Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada

The Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada

February 20, 2008 09:30 ET

THIA Urges Parents to Insure Students for Spring Break Tours

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - With spring break around the corner, Canada's travel insurers urge students and their parents to make sure out-of-country health insurance is included in all tour packages to Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean or any other foreign location.

"Spring break should be enjoyed by students looking for respite from heavy study schedules," says Juliann Martyniuk, president of the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THIA). "But locations catering to vacationing students are often crowded at this time of year and even the best intentioned young people can stray into high risk situations that can lead to accidents or unexpected illness. And when that happens, their first thought must be to get the right help as fast as they can and that's what good travel insurance provides."

Ms. Martyniuk noted that when young people make their own travel plans, out-of-country insurance is not always their top priority. That's where parents have a role to play.

THIA reports that only 42 percent of Canadian travellers aged 18 to 24 buy out-of-country health insurance, a far smaller percentage than other, older age groups.

"If they have travel insurance in place, their problems will be minimized. If they don't, their problems may just be starting," says Ms Martyniuk, who adds that students and their parents need to realize that paying for emergency health care in a foreign country, or repatriating a seriously ill spring breaker from Daytona Beach, Cancun or Aruba can run into tens of thousands of dollars.

About THIA. THIA is the national organization representing travel insurers, underwriters, re-insurers, emergency assistance companies, air ambulance companies and allied services. Its website is http://www.thiaonline.com/.

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