The damage caused by the Omnia Turism travel agency is the biggest since the December 1989 Revolution, given that it has sold holiday packages worth approximately 7.5 million euro for 2018 to a number of 8,500 customers and charged 202 more tourists another 433,000 euros for the period between 17 October – 31 December 2017, Tourism Minister Mircea Titus Dobre told a news conference on Wednesday.
“From a legal and moral standpoint, this travel agency was running perfectly, as it met all the conditions for an agency in good faith. There were clients that had been traveling with this agency for 10 years. What I can tell you at this time is that for the 17 October – 31 December 2017 period there are 433,139 euro collected from individuals and companies, namely 202 customers that were supposed to be off on their trip. That is not possible anymore; the company no longer has the money. I am urging all people who have bought packages using this agency not to leave, even if they have their plane tickets paid, because their accommodation is not being paid for. Moreover, packages worth approximately 7.5 million euro have been sold to 8,500 customers for 2018, individuals and companies alike. I believe that this is the biggest damage caused by a travel agency since the [December 1989] Revolution,” Dobre explained.
He mentioned that Omnia Turism, a company that has been in operation since 1991, had only 30,000 euros left in its accounts, and the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF) will control this area of business, because currently the damage incurred on the Romanian state cannot be estimated yet.
There are currently 244 tourists having travelled with Omnia Turism, with some of them having decided to pay the accommodation themselves.
Dobre also mentioned that this year a number of 88 business licences of Romanian travel agencies have been withdrawn, but at the moment there are 2,062 licenced travel agencies operating in Romania.