Don’t Let Tropical Storms or Hurricanes Blow Away Your Family Vacation

Buy Travel Insurance Before Storms Are Forecast

RICHMOND, Va., June 8 /PRNewswire/ — Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily. These are some of the names that will be given this year to tropical storms and hurricanes by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The official Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through November 30. Access America, a leading provider of travel insurance and assistance, urges travelers to purchase travel policies before dangerous storms become “foreseeable events.”

“Beach vacations and cruises are often affected by hurricanes and tropical storms this time of year. Even destinations a few hundred miles inland can sustain impact for several days when a storm comes ashore,” says Beth Godlin, Senior Vice President of Travel Markets at Access America. “Comprehensive travel insurance policies can protect your family vacation investment, but like all types of insurance, you must buy it before the storm is a sure thing.”

More Than $1 Million in 2004 Storm-Related Claims

In 2004, the Atlantic hurricane season was especially devastating, with multiple storms hitting the Caribbean and Florida. Access America paid more than $1 million in claims as a result of these storms. Most affected customers filed claims for trip cancellation, trip interruption and travel delay. Almost half of these hurricane-related claims were associated with losses incurred during Hurricane Frances, which hit Florida during the Labor Day weekend.

About Access America

Access America provides travel insurance and assistance to millions of travelers each year. As the travel division of World Access Service Corp., a global leader in insurance products and emergency assistance services, Access America uses cutting-edge technology to deliver customized solutions that increase revenue and enhance value for travel agents, travel suppliers, credit card companies and more. World Access Service Corp. is a member of the Mondial Assistance Group, an international leader in travel insurance and assistance with operations centers in 28 countries. Visit http://www.accessamerica.com/ .

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