More than 2,000 holidaymakers have had their summer holidays ruined because a British holiday firm specialising in breaks to Greece and Cyprus has collapsed.
The closure of the company, which traded under the names of Dream Holidays, Dreams and Travel and My Dream Holidays, means that around 1,800 customers have had their holidays cancelled. A further 525 customers currently overseas are having to make alternative arrangements.
The company offered holidays to many popular resorts in Greece and Cyprus, including Ayia Napa, Corfu and other Greek islands.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed that any travellers who have lost their booking are covered by the ATOL financial protection scheme, and will be able to claim a refund. Those holidaymakers still abroad will be able to complete their holiday and return to Britain as planned, although they may be forced to pay for their accommodation again and then claim a refund from the CAA when they return home.
Strikes and civil unrest in Greece have led to a sharp fall in holiday sales. Analysis of more than 130,000 holidays conducted by Co-operative Travel shows a 15 per cent decline in bookings to Greece during the last week of June, compared with the same period in 2010.
Nine other ATOL protected tour operators have collapsed so far this year, including Gill's Cruise Centre, Silverbird Travel and African Safari Club.
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Hundreds of Brits stranded abroad as British holiday firm closes