UK-based Tour operator Tucan Travel, which for several years had operations in Canada, has collapsed into administration due to the coronavirus pandemic after 33 years in business.
In a statement posted to its website, the company said that no further bookings are being taken and customers with existing bookings will not be able to travel as planned.
Tucan Travel opened an office in Toronto in 2016. At the time, the tour operator said it was hoping to better serve Canadian clients, expand its presence in Canada and grow the market in North America.
Tucan Travel said the coronavirus pandemic has had a “severe impact” on the travel industry. The operator suspended trips in MAR 2020 due to the outbreak of the virus, but continued to sell packages for 2021 and beyond.
“No one could have predicted that in January 2021, most countries in the world would be in further tough lockdowns with many people losing their lives and loved ones. There is unlikely to be any normal international leisure travel until 2022 and so with a heavy heart, the decision was taken in the best interests of everyone concerned to place the company into administration. I would like to thank all clients, suppliers and staff for their support over the years and hope you get to enjoy travelling again in the future,” the tour operator said on its website.
The company said all staff will be made redundant as a result of its collapse.
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