Evans, P. J. (2004). Spoiled holidays: Damages for disappointment or distress. Legal Issues in Business, 6, 19-25.
Generally damages for disappointment or distress following a breach of contract will not be awarded to the innocent party under common law. However where the object of the contract is to provide relaxation or enjoyment, for example, an ocean cruise or a package holiday, damages may be recoverable for disappointment or distress. Damages of this type may also be awarded where there is a breach of the consumer protection provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth).
This paper discusses a number of ‘spoiled’ holiday cases where damages were awarded for disappointment or distress. The liability of travel service providers under the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) is also discussed.