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Holidays, finally! Walking on the beach, relaxing and enjoying the good life. Suddenly, someone approaches you with an offer. ECC Austria advises to be very careful.

Timeshares, holiday clubs, leisure credits, bonus weeks and vouchers are just some of the offers you might have seen when planning your holidays at nice and sunny resorts. The ins and outs of these long term holiday engagements can be hard to understand and lead you to take decisions that will be difficult to change. A new report and tips for consumers from the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) can help you find your way through the timeshare maze.

Better protection for holiday-makers.

In February 2011, a new EU Directive on Timesharing was enacted to improve consumer protection in this area. If it works effectively is to be evaluated by an Europe-wide survey of the EU.

Dubious firms offer to resell timesharing rights on behalf of consumers.