Ontario Travel Industry Act

Woman to pay $12,500 after Ontario Act convictions

974764 Ontario Ltd o/a Valhalla Travel & Tours and Birgit Sondrup plead guilty and have been convicted of three counts each, under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05 made under the Act. Sondrup, Director and Officer of Valhalla Travel, has been convicted and received the following sentence: 1. On count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Act – a fine of $3,000 plus Victim Surcharge Fee (VSF), for a total of $3,750; 2. On count of operating as a travel wholesaler without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(b) of the Act – a fine of $3,000 plus VSF, for a total of $3,750; 3. On count of failing to deposit trust funds into the trust account within two business days – a fine of $4,000 plus VSF, for a total of $5,000. The total fine payable by Sondrup is $10,000 plus VSF, for a total of $12,500. The fine is payable within six months. Valhalla Travel has been convicted and received a suspended sentence on all counts.