Cheapo Holiday firm at end of Goldtrail. Administrators called in
The 'low-end' cheapo Goldtrail Holidays firm has gone into administration with an estimated 16,000 people notionally stranded overseas, but all will be repatriated by the Civil Aviation Authority ATOL bonding scheme, at the end of their scheduled holiday. All new departures however have been cancelled, in effect their holiday has suddenly evaporated.
Aviation & Media Expert Julian Bray comments: "CAA head of Atol licensing Mr Andy Cohen confirmed the Turkey specialist had failed at about 18.00hrs on Friday evening, but said the CAA was still "in the dark on detail". The CAA said the failure was not on the scale of XL Leisure Group which collapsed in September 2008 leaving 60,000 holidaymakers overseas.
"Industry speculation (and an adverse experience on the BBC Watchdog programme ) had been suggesting for some time that Goldtrail could be in difficulties. Existing holidaymakers ie currently at the resort are protected under the ATOL bond administered by the CAA and will be flown home at the end of their allotted holiday, but all new departures as from 6pm Friday 16th July (yesterday) are cancelled.
"Customers who have paid over £100 of the total invoice price by a credit (ie NOT DEBIT) card may be in a better position to recover some of monies paid to Goldtrail, otherwise customers will be subject to the administration process and could well wait some 2 years or more for a partial or full payment under travel industry bonding arrangements. Other travel companies are expected to fail in the Autumn when in the Industry cashflow is low but payments have to be made to secure the following years flights, transit coaches and hotel/resort facilities" added Mr Bray.
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