The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-29T04:19:36Z Australian Travellers Hit by Canadian Working Holiday Visa Scams 2017-08-29T04:19:36Z australian-travellers-hit-by-canadian-working-holiday-visa-scams Dean Van Es, the Founder and CEO of Australian travel insurance company Fast Cover, is urging Aussies heading to Canada for the snow season to beware of a new round of online scams. The latest scams include websites and phishing emails that coax travellers into paying exorbitant application fees for fake visas and guaranteed entry into Canada. “No one can guarantee entry into a country and travellers should be especially wary of any websites or agents that claim to do so,” says Mr Van Es. The scam websites often have application forms designed to capture passport details and other personal information such as employment history and credit card details. “Not only are travellers being scammed into paying for fake visas, but they’re handing over sensitive information and risking identity theft or fraud as well,” Mr Van Es says. Canada is an especially popular working holiday destination for young Australians, and many have taken to travel forums like TripAdvisor to share their experiences and warn others. Most travellers complain of losing a few hundred dollars to these scams, but some victims have reportedly made it as far as the airport immigration counter before being informed their working permits are invalid. For the full media release please visit the Fast Cover Media Centre. Travel Insurance Company Thinks Outside the Cubicle 2017-08-29T04:15:28Z fast-cover-travel-insurance-creates-hilarious-new-toilet-infographic After extensive research and discussion with travellers, Australian travel insurance company Fast Cover have created a hilarious new infographic poking fun at one of the less glamorous aspects of travel. From the drop dunnies of Down Under to the luxurious lavatories of Japan, the infographic has everything you never even knew you wanted to know about the wild world of toilets! Fast Cover CEO Dean Van Es says the goal of creating the infographic was not only to have a bit of fun, but also to break out of the insurance conglomerate mould. “We’re the only orange logo in a sea of insurance blue. Orange because we’re bright, we’re innovative and we’re focused on turning the purchase of travel insurance into the beginning of an adventure,” says Van Es. “We understand that buying travel insurance isn’t exactly the most exciting part of planning a holiday, but see ourselves as travellers helping other travellers.” Van Es says Fast Cover’s usual aim in creating content is to educate travellers about the most common risks and dangers overseas and how to avoid them, but decided to design something a little different this time. “There’s already so many travel tips and health and safety articles on the web, we wanted to create something unique that’s funny as well as factual,” Van Es says. “We had a lot of laughs designing it and hope our travellers get a good laugh too,” says Van Es. As well as being silly and a bit gross, the infographic is packed with facts to answer not only the ‘how’ but also the ‘why’ behind the designs of the world’s weirdest toilets. View the full infographic here: WTF World Toilet Facts The Top 10 Travel Insurance Questions of 2016 Answered 2017-07-17T00:20:37Z the-top-10-travel-insurance-questions-of-2016-answered 1. What is travel insurance? 2. What does travel insurance cover? 3. Which travel insurance to buy? 4. How much is travel insurance? 5. What is the best travel insurance? 6. How much does travel insurance cost? 7. Why travel insurance is important? 8. How does travel insurance work? 9. Do I need travel insurance? 10. What to look for in travel insurance? A report of the top online searches of 2016 revealed some interesting insights about the average Australian traveller when it comes to buying travel insurance. The most googled questions indicate that not only are many Aussies sceptical about whether purchasing travel insurance is worthwhile, some are not even sure what it is. “Most people can understand the benefits of buying house or car insurance because it covers physical objects they want to protect,” says Fast Cover CEO Dean Van Es. “New travellers sometimes struggle to see the value of travel insurance because it can cover anything from a lost suitcase right up to emergency medical treatment and evacuation,” says Mr Van Es. “Anyone who has ever needed their travel insurance overseas always tell us they would never go anywhere without it now,” says Mr Van Es. Some of the other top search queries included different combinations of keywords such as: ash cloud, volcanic ash, cancellations and missed flights – presumably due to the higher frequency of volcanic activity in Indonesia last year which grounded all flights for several days.  “A lot of travellers called us worried about getting stranded overseas when Mount Rinjani erupted, so it makes sense to see these results topping the google searches as well,” says Mr Van Es. Other big news stories of the year also saw a huge spike in queries for travel to Cuba after the US sanctions were lifted, and terrorist attacks in major tourist destinations like Paris, Nice and Brussels in 2016 also had many people searching for travel insurance that specifically covered terror attacks and related events. ‘How much is travel insurance?’ and ‘How much does travel insurance cost?’ were also both in the top enquiries, confirming that Aussies are savvy online shoppers who don’t mind hunting around for a bargain. “Price is a deciding factor for many people when shopping around for anything, but we’ve found very few people mention the price of the policy when an incident occurs – most travellers just want the best emergency assistance and a fast claims service,” Mr Van Es says. Travel insurance to cover pregnancy was one of the most popular medical-related travel insurance searches, and the highest sought travel insurance policies for particular destinations were Spain, Turkey and the USA. For the full media release and answers to the most frequently searched travel insurance questions, please visit the Fast Cover Media Centre. ### Fast Cover Pty Ltd ABN 98 143 196 098, AR No.381399, arranges this insurance as an authorised representative of the product issuer, The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd, AFSL 241436, ABN 78 090 584 473. Any advice provided is general only and may not be right for you. Consider the Product Disclosure Statement available at fastcover.com.au, to decide if the product is right for you. Benefits are subject to the terms and conditions including the limits and exclusions of the insurance policy. Fast Cover receives a percentage of the premium paid and a share in the underwriting profits. Fast Cover Travel Insurance Releases New Bali Survivor Game 2017-07-06T04:13:27Z fast-cover-travel-insurance-releases-new-interactive-bali-survivor-game Do you have what it takes to survive a trip to Bali? Find out by playing Fast Cover's new "Bali Survivor" online board game! Equal parts entertaining and educational, it’s packed with practical tips to help you to stay safe, stay healthy and stay out of trouble on your next Balinese holiday. Prepared frequent travellers will cruise around the board with ease, but risky travellers beware! Make the wrong choices and you could find yourself in hospital, deported, or even behind bars in an Indonesian jail. All games aside, these activities can result in much more serious consequences in real life than just losing a couple of turns. But if you make it safely around the board you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to do (and what not to do) to have an amazing safe holiday in Bali. View the full infographic here: https://fastcover.com.au/travel-suitcase/health-and-safety-guides/bali-survivor-board-game-infographic Hollard Chooses Fast Cover to Grow Their Share of Travel Insurance Market 2017-06-29T01:32:46Z hollard-chooses-fast-cover-to-grow-their-share-of-travel-insurance-market Fast Cover, a leading Australian specialised travel insurance company, is pleased to announce that Hollard, a global financial services business, will become its new underwriter.  The deal is significant for a number of reasons: 1. It represents Hollard’s first partnership with a specialised travel technology firm; 2. It signals Hollard’s ongoing expansion and disruption of the highly competitive travel insurance market; and  3. It is a continuation of both companies’ commitment to radically improving the experience of the Australian traveller through technological innovation. “This is not just about underwriting, this is about reimagining the entire travel insurance experience,” said Dean Van Es, founder and CEO of Fast Cover.  For the full media release please visit the Fast Cover Media Centre. ### Fast Cover Pty Ltd ABN 98 143 196 098, AR No.381399, arranges this insurance as an authorised representative of the product issuer, The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd, AFSL 241436, ABN 78 090 584 473. Any advice provided is general only and may not be right for you. Consider the Product Disclosure Statement available at fastcover.com.au, to decide if the product is right for you. Benefits are subject to the terms and conditions including the limits and exclusions of the insurance policy. Fast Cover receives a percentage of the premium paid and a share in the underwriting profits.