you're reading...
travel news

Travelscope now Phoenix holidays

The rather useless managers and financial director, who brought down travelscope have bought the assets and trading again as Phoenix holidays hmmm.

For those of you who lost money with travelscope leave this operation well alone…

Administrators Menzies Corporate Restructuring have announced an asset sale of the Travelscope business to Phoenix Holidays, set up by former managers Darren Parris and Anu Desai.

Further assets of failed operator Travelscope have been sold to two of its former managers and 13 ex-staff have launched a separate business to sell its chartered cruise ship Van Gogh in the UK.

Travelscope has been ­looking for a buyer since its collapse on December 21, when it had around 45,000 passengers booked to travel.

Bristol-based cowboys Phoenix Holidays has re-employed 12 Travelscope staff and plans to take on 22 in total.

It specialises in coach holidays, river cruises and escorted flight holidays and is applying for ATOL and ABTA licences. It cannot offer flight holidays currently.

Former Travelscope head of agency sales and operations Parris, said former customers were converting their bookings to Phoenix.

“We are doing our utmost to save as many bookings as possible and conversions are running at 85%-90%. We have got tours leaving this weekend,” he said.

Travelscope employed 270 staff, many of which were helping at Phoenix out of their own goodwill, he added. “A lot of staff worked for Travelscope for over a decade and are keen for people to get their holidays. It’s an emotional time.”

Meanwhile, 13 former Travelscope staff, including ex-financial director Mark Horwood, have launched Van Gogh Cruise Line to continue selling and operating cruise ship Van Gogh to the UK market


The ship was previously chartered by Travelscope. Its Dutch-based owners Club Cruise have given financial backing to the operator, based in Cheltenham with Horwood as managing director.

Club Cruise and ABTA stepped in to save a New Year round-the-world cruise immediately after Travelscope’s collapse.

Van Gogh Cruise Line ­senior sales executive Sarah Brooks said: “We are literally starting from scratch and contacting agents and passengers to let them know they can now take bookings for 2008 and 2009.”



One thought on “Travelscope now Phoenix holidays

  1. having travelled several times with travelscope i am interested in further holidays, if you have a brochure please send to:
    53, ROWAN ROAD
    SN2 1JA

    Posted by chris beales | April 26, 2008, 8:30 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

On the beach holidays review

Beware of, OTBEACH or ON THE BEACH Holidays plus otbeach.co.uk and finally OntheBeach.co.uk -

On the beach complaints and reviewsOn the Beach Otbeach warning.

Or check out - On the beach holidays, ot beach, I book holidays a con site?

otbeach on the beach holidays The bulk of the "On the beach complaints" concern - Persistent call backs after you think you have booked online to ask for more, huge extra cost surcharges. Extremely poor customer service .

According to ABTA they trade as: On the Beach, I book holidays, Otbeach so be careful.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: