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LONDON — The closure of UK-based tour operator All Leisure Holidays yesterday is having a ripple effect in the Canadian market, with G Adventures scooping up Just You and Travelsphere – both owned by All Leisure – while all current and future passengers scheduled to sail with Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery have been left high and dry now that All Leisure, the cruise lines’ parent company, has been placed in administration.
G Adventures confirmed that it had acquired both the Travelsphere and Just You brands. Travelsphere has 50 years of experience in guided escorted tours to destinations across the globe, while Just You specializes in vacations for solo travellers, organizing holidays for independent globetrotters without charging a single supplement. Just You launched in the Canadian market in November 2015.
“Travelsphere and Just You are both leaders in their fields and we are all really excited that they have become part of the G Adventures family. We are now able to offer an even wider range of escorted tours right across the world and to suit all age ranges,” said Bruce Poon Tip, Founder of G Adventures.
“We will be working hard to ensure that the loyal customers of Just You and Travelsphere continue to enjoy the award-winning tours that both brands organize, the future looks exceptionally bright and we look forward to expanding the range of tours for both Just You and Travelsphere,” he added.
On the cruise side, All Leisure Holidays operated two cruise ships, the Minerva and the Voyager, under the brand names Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery.
“Regrettably, and due to the adverse financial position of ALH, the business has ceased to trade resulting in the majority of employees being made redundant and the cancellation of all future voyages,” said a statement on the Swan Hellenic website. More details are at swanhellenic.com.