U.K. Tour Operator’s Collapse Strands Thousands

Travel Blog  •  Valerie Conners  •  09.12.08 | 11:29 AM ET

imageNearly 90,000 British travelers have been stranded across the globe after the UK’s third largest tour operator collapsed and grounded all its planes. XL Leisure Group blamed “high fuel prices and a sagging economy” for its demise, the AP reports, noting that the Civil Aviation Authority will be making arrangements to bring affected travelers home.

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Valerie Conners

Valerie Conners is the senior producer and editor at World Hum.

1 Comment for U.K. Tour Operator’s Collapse Strands Thousands

Jack from eyeflare travel tips 09.14.08 | 10:24 AM ET

Ouch, this is quite terrible news for the UK travel industry. Certainly underscores the need for comprehensive travel insurance.

I’m wondering whether it’s not better to take the more multifaceted risks of booking all the parts of a trip yourself, rather than possible catastrophic failure of your package holiday company?

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