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Cruisers on MV Van Gogh can continue

THE plans of thousands of holidaymakers will have to be changed and more than 200 people are set to lose their jobs after a travel company went into administration.

The Association of British Travel Agents, ABTA, revealed that Gloucester-based Travelscope Holidays ceased trading today.

Future holidays with the company have now been cancelled, and customers who were due to go away with Travelscope have had their trips cancelled.

ABTA offers financial protection to holidaymakers so that in the case of a member tour operator running into financial trouble, all its customers are never stranded abroad and can continue their holiday as originally planned.

Customers receive a full refund if they have not yet reached their destination or, where possible, they are given help to make alternative arrangements.

A spokesman said: “All trading activities are currently being suspended and no further holiday bookings are being taken.”

Travelscope deals primarily in cruises and coach trips.

As many as 40,000 people may have been affected, with Christmas and New Year breaks cancelled with immediate effect.

More than 460 passengers are currently on the cruise ship MV Van Gogh, which is due to arrive at Falmouth on January 4.

ABTA say its passengers will be able to finish their holiday uninterrupted.


One Response

  1. Really sorry to hear about Travelscope. I had a brilliant cruise to the Baltic Capitals in 2006 aboard MV Van Gogh & have booked to go to the Faroes, Iceland & Greenland with her in 2008. Hope she and her lovely crew will be rescued intact by another tour operator.

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