Posts Tagged ‘ Goldtrail Holidays ’

Who Should You Book A Holiday With?

Aug 20th, 2010 | By

After the collapse of Blue Skies Destinations, (yesterday) Goldtrail, Flight Options (the owners of Kiss) and Sun4You in almost as many weeks and following on XL, Globespan and Libra, one of the common questions is can I trust my tour operator to still be around when I go on holiday? Who should I book with? Does anyone offer full protection?
As with most things in this world nothing is certain but here are some thoughts.



More on the Goldtrail Collapse

Jul 19th, 2010 | By

Over the weekend, there has been lots of coverage of Goldtrail, the plight of those abroad and the efforts by the CAA to get them home. Holidaymakers affected are quoted as saying things like they are angry, everything was fine when they checked the website, why wasn’t there some notice and so on. Because Goldtrail had appeared on BBC’s Watchdog programme last year, some holidaymakers have suggested the writing was on the wall for the company then. The same program said that ABTA had fined them. Barrhead Travel in Scotland said that they didn’t sell Goldtrail holidays unless someone came in to their travel agencies and deliberately asked for one, suggesting they were concerned about the company.
So how can the holidaymaker know the company they have bought a holiday from is safe?

The answer is that they can’t. But there are some ways that might help.



Summer and Bad News

Jul 17th, 2010 | By

With decent weather over much of our countries last weekend it looked as though things were set fare for a while. In the space of one week, we have had winds and heavy rain and then, to top it off, Goldtrail Holidays (which also used the name Sunmar) went bust yesterday evening leaving 16,000 abroad. Now it also seems that there may be a strike at all BAA airports (Heathrow, Stanstead, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen) during August.
CD-Traveller has frequently argued for wider consumer protection. In the wake of Globespan in 2009 and XL in 2008 (see CD-Traveller 14 Sept, 26 Nov, 17 Dec 2009), you might have hoped or expected that such high profile events might have stimulated some change. No, the EU prepared a document and sent it for consultation. The then government said it was an EU issue and we are no further forward. Yet we have had 11 cases of companies going bust this year.