Excite Holidays has suspended operations after two of the businesses it used to function domestically, Global Travel Specialists Pty Limited and Global Travel Holdings Pty Limited, have been positioned into administration.
“Excite Holidays is currently in the final stages of commercial discussions and as such we have suspended the operation of our platform until the discussions are completed,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement posted to its web site. “Should you require any help concerning a reserving, please electronic mail us on [email protected]”
A spokesperson for the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) has confirmed to Luxury Travel Advisor that the corporate is now not amongst its members. Previously, Excite was solely an affiliate member of the group, that means that it by no means participated in USTOA’s $1 million traveler safety program.
Excite has change into the most recent tour operator to close down over the previous yr. In October, Cox & Kings, The Americas likewise ceased operations, in addition to its membership with the USTOA. (As that tour operator participated within the traveler safety program, some deposits and funds made previous to October 15 for journey with Cox & Kings have been eligible for protection, and the USTOA not too long ago prolonged its deadline for these claims.) Similarly, iconic U.Okay. journey model Thomas Cook collapsed in September, prompting the U.Okay.’s largest repatriation effort since WWII.
In an interview with Andrew Yell, Excite’s vice chairman of worldwide gross sales, product contracting and operations, as a part of our sister publication Travel Agent’s Tour Operators concern, Yell mentioned that the corporate had simply doubled its workforce to assist its progress within the United States, the place it was celebrating its two-year anniversary. The firm was additionally trying to replace some options in its reserving system.
This article initially appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.