Tourism

Aussie student travel company collapses, leaving thousands in the lurch

A local travel company specialising in educational tours has gone into liquidation, citing COVID-19 and issues with its insurance company as the final nails in the coffin.

Antipodeans Abroad has been showing high schoolers, schoolies and university students the world for almost 30 years, but COVID-19’s travel restrictions and cancellations have all but wiped the company from the face of the earth.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has confirmed the company is under external administration, and 7 News has reported Hall Chadwick has been called in as liquidator.

7 News also said the company’s Sydney headquarters and Melbourne offices were “locked up and empty”, potentially leaving thousands of students and parents out of pocket.

Previously boasting a $40 million annual turnover, the company was reportedly handed over the liquidators with just $322 in the bank.

Travel Weekly reached out to Antipodeans Abroad but is yet to receive a reply. However, the company’s founder Lachlan Bunn told 7 News that the company’s insurer Insurer 360 Accident and Health has refused to pay up after all trips were cancelled.

The company has even taken its insurer to court, but with the company now in liquidation, the outcome is unclear.

Travel Weekly has also contacted Hall Chadwick for comment, but is yet to receive a response.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

DayAway lands in Australia

The online booking site is here to show Aussies that you no longer have to trawl through your travel a directory for somewhere to stay.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Catalonia Tourism Board launch grand tour and announce partnership with FC Barcelona

If witnessing FC Barcelona beat some Aussies in a football game last night wasn’t enough Catalonian culture for you, maybe consider a nice tour through the Catalonian country side to really take it in!

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Jackson Hole reveal what’s new for the Winter 22/23 season

If it’s been 2 and a half years since you’ve been skiing then Jackson Hole have you sorted with a variety of new adventures on offer this year.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Get to know one of our incredible Travel DAZE speakers, Dr. Karl! Tickets are going fast!

Travel DAZE is fast approaching and we have Australia’s most loved clever person gracing us with an incredible talk on the psychological benefits of travel.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Airbnb leaves China amid ongoing lockdowns

Like a soon to be ex-wife that complains about her husband never leaving the house, Airbnb is leaving the reclusive Chinese market.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Scoot launches flights to South Korea’s ‘Hawaii of East Asia’

Want a Hawaiian holiday but got yourself banned on your last trip? Here’s the next best thing.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Register for duo, Air New Zealand’s new training and engagement hub and be in the draw to win some epic prizes

Air New Zealand launched its new training and engagement hub called duo, with training, campaigns, incentives the latest brand updates, plus more.

Share

CommentComments

News

Samoa finally announces border re-opening!

The Pacific Island paradise has been working hard to get travel ready and will soon welcome Aussies back to its sunny shores!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“Heroic” flight attendant comes to the rescue as woman gives birth on Frontier Airlines flight

We here at Travel Weekly think this woman deserves a raise, or at least an honorary midwifery degree.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Are you a ‘local legend’? Bonza is on the lookout for 17 ambassadors!

We feel as though a local legend could either be a dedicated charity worker in the community or someone who frequently drinks beer out of a shoe!

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE speaker Matt Endycott from nib chats all things travel! Get your tickets now!

We’ve got Matt Endycott – one of our exciting speakers – to share his thoughts on the industry. Come to Travel DAZE to hear Matt discuss all things travel!

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Midweek Catch-up with TRAVLR’s Roann Roberts

We love an alliterative name, all the best superheroes and villains have them. We’re not sure where TRAVLR’s head of global travel product sits on that spectrum, though.

Share

CommentComments