Issued By
Lancashire County Council

Discount Holiday Travel Clubs Warning

Lancashire County Council's Trading Standards Service is warning consumers about holiday club offers which claim to provide huge discounts off future holidays.

The Department of Trade and Industry has recently moved to shut down 14 companies offering holiday club membership which encourages consumers to pay up to £5,000 for ‘club’ membership by claiming to offer them up to 75% price reduction off holidays.

However, the County Council's Trading Standards Service are aware of similar offers being made to Lancashire consumers who are receiving unsolicited telephone calls indicating they have ‘won’ a prize and inviting them to attend holiday club presentations at local hotels. Consumers who attend are likely to receive a hard sell and be asked to pay £2,000 to £5,000 membership. Unfortunately some of the holidays may not be available in the future and if the company ceases trading in the meantime, then consumers could lose considerable sums of money.

County Councillor Tim Ormrod, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Rural Affairs said:

“Unlike Timeshare sales, these type of ‘holiday club’ offers do not have the same ‘cooling off’ periods, so anyone paying up front does not have the chance to change their minds. Given the recent DTI advice against some ‘holiday club’ type operators, consumers are advised to be on their guard against paying large sums of money to join similar schemes."

Consumers receiving calls inviting them to presentations can call the Trading Standards Service on 0845 600 1352 for further advice.

EDITORS NOTE

Consumer Hints on Holiday Club presentations:

Holiday Direct (UK) Ltd
Holiday Direct (Int) Limited (in voluntary liquidation)
Club Direct (Int) Limited
Club Direct Travel Limited
Direct Asset Holdings Limited
Vacations Direct UK Limited
Vacations Direct Limited
Manor Farm Promotions
Nerfertiti Holdings Ltd
Nerfertiti Estates Limited
CIB Corporation Limited
British Holiday Investments Limited
FGS Flume Limited
FGS Flume (UK) Limited

Anyone who has already paid monies to these companies should contact:

The Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit, 21 Bloomsbury Street, London. Tel 020 7637 1110.

N.B. Holiday Direct (UK) has no connection with Holidays Direct, the trading name of Incentive Marketing Ltd and Holidays Direct Travel Ltd.

For further information please contact: Clare Ianson on 01772 263537
press.office@css.lancscc.gov.uk