Wholesalers

“Adios amigos”: Another Aussie wholesaler closes its doors

Huntley Mitchell

Huntley Mitchell

The heavy impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt by the travel industry, with yet another Australian wholesaler shutting up shop.

Ibertours Travel was established 30 years ago by director John Ford in Melbourne, specialising in in-depth creative and cultural trips to Spain, Portugal and Morocco – also known as ‘The Iberia Triangle’.

According to the wholesaler’s website, Ibertours was the sole representative in Australia and New Zealand for Paradores of Spain and Pousadas of Portugal. Both suppliers incorporate a range of historic buildings around the two countries that have been restored into unique hotels.

Ibertours was also an official Australian and NZ representative for Rusticae, which offers accommodation in the form of rustic and rural farmhouses and estates.

The wholesaler’s closure was announced recently in a statement on its website, which praised the staff as Ibertours “greatest asset”.

“It is with sadness that we have made the difficult decision to say ‘adios amigos’ as we close our company this year,” the statement reads.

“Gracias, obrigado, merci to you all, for your support and so many years of wonderful memories.”

The closure of Ibertours comes not long after the Australian arm of global wholesaler Nexus Holidays was placed into administration.


Featured image source: iStock/amstockphoto


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Spanish politician suggests using catastrophic volcanic eruption to attract tourists

Spain’s tourism minister is in hot water after she proposed using a volcanic eruption that destroyed hundreds of homes to lure tourists to the Canary Islands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

WATCH: Flight attendant promises to annoy passengers who don’t wear a mask

As you can imagine, the comment section on this TikTok user’s video was… divided, to say the least.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Tourism Minister says international borders will reopen by Christmas “at the latest”

by Ali Coulton

Dan Tehan has urged states to stick to the national plan and encouraged Aussies to “roll up their sleeves”.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

IHG’s Leanne Harwood elected first-ever female president of the Accommodation Association

Hospo industry veteran Leanne Harwood is back in the headlines, and this time it’s about her very deserving new role.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Passenger claims flight attendant told her to glue a mask to her distressed toddler’s face

A mother has taken to social media to call out a flight attendant who she claims gave her a rather distressing ultimatum.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Strong take-up of AFTA membership continues

If the current demand for AFTA membership is anything to go by, there’s a lot of confidence that agents can clear the remaining pandemic hurdles.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

“This is a moment of real celebration”: Celebrity Edge is finally heading Down Under

The champagne corks are popping and the party pies are in the oven at Celebrity Cruises HQ following this big bit of news.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

New research ranks Sydney and Melbourne among the world’s 10 safest cities

With safety weighing heavily on the minds of many travellers during this time, it seems that Aussies jaunting domestically have lucked out.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Former Bench Africa GMs reunite to launch new travel company

After a very dark 18 months for the travel industry, it’s a welcome change seeing positive stories like this one.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel agent scams more than $460K out of Cristiano Ronaldo to fuel spending disorder

This crafty agent just dodged four years in jail after reportedly defrauding Ronaldo to the tune of a few hundred thousand, which is really just spare change to the football megastar.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

IHG introduces flexible work program to plug hospitality staffing hole

COVID-19 has prompted the hospitality group to look at different ways of working in order to attract new talent and hold on to its current crop.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism Solomons mourns death of CEO Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto

The close-knit Solomon Islands tourism industry is in mourning following the death of their beloved ‘Boso’.

Share

CommentComments