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Thomas Cook and XL Airways on the verge of bankruptcy
More than 150,000 Britains are now on holiday abroad with Thomas Cook and in danger of being left without transportation back home.

While Thomas Cook, one of the oldest travel agencies in the world, founded in 1841 and considered the founder of the "tour package" concept, is on the verge of bankruptcy XL Airways already announced on their website that due to its financial difficulties they will stop selling tickets effective of 19th September 2019 and some of their flights may have to be cancelled.

Dubai tourists now allowed to buy alcohol from stores
Drinking alcohol will be legal in Dubai for travelers who obtain an authorization from one of the places designated by the authorities. This is a free 30-day license that can be obtained by non-Muslim visitors over 21 years old, used to buy and consume alcoholic beverages from stores during their stay.

To get the license, applicants have to present their passport in original, complete a form, sign a declaration on their own responsibility that they are not residents of the UAE, and confirm that they agree to the regulations governing the purchase, transport and consumption of alcohol in Dubai. The stores will keep a copy of the passport and entry visa, and the visitor will receive a leaflet with responsible consumption instructions in Dubai.

The first airline to go bankrupt because of the coronavirus epidemic
UK-based Flybe regional air operator announced on Thursday that it had been placed under special administration, being affected by the decrease in the number of clients due to the coronavirus epidemic (Covid-19), DPA and Reuters reported.

"All flights are canceled, and the UK business has ceased operations with immediate effect." The consulting firm EY was called to handle the administration procedure, a form of protection against creditors, the company said.

Amoma ceased its activities, leaving it's clients without their bookings
Since yesterday, amoma's phone number is temporarily disabled and on their website the next message is displayed:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Clients, Since its creation, AMOMA has always strived, with success, to find the best value for money for its customers. Entities that claim to act as "price comparators" are, in effect, media agencies that redirect consumers to entities like ours against paying a cost per click. These media agencies are sometimes owned by companies operating in the same segment as ours, which has a negative impact on free competition. They are currently in a dominant position in the market and we think that this is to the detriment of the end consumers. Indeed, having taken the place that is theirs today, these entities unilaterally impose unsustainable financial conditions for us, because we work at the fair price to benefit our customers, not to benefit these media agencies. The result is a market concentration in which only a very small circle of majors Online Travel Agencies can survive. You probably also know that the public authorities are currently opening investigation procedures against these entities, notably in Australia, Spain - and most recently, as reported in the press, in the United States. However, these commercial practices that are unilaterally imposed on us make the continuation of our activities impossible. We therefore regret to have to inform you of the cessation of our activities, with immediate effect. For those who have booked rooms via our website: Contact the reserved hotel to inquire about the provision of the service. Contact your payment institution or your travel insurance. While we regret to have to announce the above, we send you, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Clients, our best regards.

A lot of clients started to panic since they received the same message through their emails. Most of the hotels response to amoma's customers was that they don't have any reservations on their names. If you are between the affected ones and made a booking by credit or debit card, you should contact the hotel and ask for a written confirmation that your reservation was cancelled. Then contact your bank and request a chargeback because you didn’t or won’t receive what you paid for.


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