Rose Hache, a lawyer in Houston who specializes in travel agency law, told travel agents and travelers that they must protect themselves. She gave the advice in the wake of the shutdown of Cruise West, a Seattle-based cruise line. "Travel for either leisure or business is an investment," Hache said. "It's essential to protect that investment. We live in a world which is politically volatile; there are weather hazards, volcanoes that erupt, the vagaries of life." She advises agents to sell insurance along with each booking. "If a problem arises, like a default, the client will look to be reimbursed; you're protecting yourself," Hache said.
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