The court of Haarlem declared D-rt Group, the parent company of the travel agency chain D-Reizen, bankrupt on Tuesday. Given the lack of income, the judge finds the company incapable of surviving. The employees of D-rt Group have now been informed about the bankruptcy, the company says.
Due to the bankruptcy of D-rt Group, more than 1,150 jobs are at risk at D-Reizen, which has 285 travel agencies. A restart of the company is being considered. The entrepreneurs who work through the VakantieXperts franchise formula are excluded from bankruptcy.
“It is a pitch-black day for us. There have been many discussions with parties to find a solution in the past period,” said D-Reizen CEO Jan Henne De Dijn. “Hopefully there will be a restart so that the company can continue, at least in part.”
D-Reizen attributes the bankruptcy to, among other things, the absence of the so-called voucher fund. D-Travel has not refunded customers who had made deposits for travel canceled by tour operators due to the corona crisis, but instead issued vouchers.
The company was not allowed to do that, the judge recently ruled in summary proceedings that D-Reizen had brought against the Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden (SGR) and the State. In doing so, D-Reizen hoped to enforce that the vouchers issued by the travel agents would also be covered by the upcoming voucher fund.
In addition, TUI and Corendon canceled their agreements with D-trips, as a result of which the travel agency chain can no longer offer holidays from those tour operators. TUI also went to court because it wanted money back from D trips. The tour operator said there had been signals for a long time that there are “problems with refunds of travel sums to travelers whose holidays have been canceled”.